Heavy rains are forecast in Kerala for the third consecutive year in August. The warning was issued by Tamil Nadu Weatherman, who has been accurately forecast for the past two years. The floods following the heavy rains in August in the last two years and this time Kovid are causing great concern in Kerala.
In 2018, the rainfall received in Kerala was 822 mm. In 2019, it received 951 mm of rainfall. The average rainfall is 420 mm. Heavy rains lashed Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, Thrissur, Valparai, and Nilgiris last August.
The rainfall so far this year has been relatively low but heavy rains are forecast for August. According to the Central Meteorological Department, Kerala is likely to receive above-average rainfall this month. The Meteorological Department estimates that August and September receive up to 104% of the long-term average rainfall.
In this context, the State Disaster Management Authority has directed the public and concerned departments to make efficient preparations for the monsoon. The low-pressure area, which will reach the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, is likely to reach the coast via the Odisha coast and reach Gujarat. This will lead to heavy rainfall in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Western Ghats region is likely to receive heavy rainfall.
Weatherman warns of heavy rains in hilly areas of Kerala till mid-August. Extreme caution is needed in nine districts. Apart from Kerala, warnings have been issued for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu districts. Kerala received below-average rainfall in the first half of the last two years, with heavy rainfall in August. Then came the flood. Weatherman warns that the cars will go the same way this year.
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kasaragod and Kozhikode districts from tomorrow. Heavy rain is expected from August 5 to 8. These four days require extreme vigilance. The coastal areas will receive heavy rainfall but the hilly region is also likely to receive heavy rainfall.
Peermede, Thodupuzha, Nilambur, Kuttyadi, Kakkayam, Vaithiri, Thariyode, Padinjathara, Kaki Dam, Peringalkoothu Dam, Lower Sholayar, Neryamangalam, Piravom and Ponmudi areas are likely to receive heavy rainfall.