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As southwest monsoon set to intensify, IMD issues red alert in 3 districts of Kerala

As southwest monsoon set to intensify, IMD issues red alert in 3 districts of Kerala

IMD has issued a red alert in districts of Idduki, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam. These districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall in the next 4-5 days.

The IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) has stated that the southwest monsoon is going to intensify in the next few days. While Assam will receive fewer rains, Kerala will receive hefty rainfall.

On Tuesday in a press release, IMD has stated that peninsular India will encounter enhanced rainfall in the next four to five days.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in three districts of Kerala, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam.

For Idukki district, the alarm has been issued from July 18 to 20, while for Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts, an alert has been issued for July 19. Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur in Ernakulam district from July 19.

The red alert is a notice to immediately take preventive steps. Authorities are required to evacuate people from vulnerable areas to shelter camps and provide them with emergency kits.

With the wind speed reaching to 40-50 mph, the sea conditions are forecast to be ‘rough to very rough’. Fishers are asked not to venture into these areas, and the Met department has said that these conditions will prevail till the 22nd of July and these districts will receive extremely heavy rainfall upwards of 20 cm.

On the 8th of June, a week later than it was expected the southwest monsoon had hit the coast of Kerala. Last year during the monsoon, Kerala had faced the worst flood of history. More than 400 people lost their lives and property worth on billions was destroyed.

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