Kochi: Three districts of Kerala have been put on red alert for Sunday, October 7, as heavy rainfall is expected in the area. The Indian Coast Guard has also been put on high alert for deployment at a short notice. The government has sprung into action as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall earlier.
The Indian Coast Guard has been put on high alert after IMD informed of the formation of low pressure in South East Arabian Sea on October 1. The IMD further said that it will likely develop into depression and finally into a cyclonic storm. On October 3, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Idukki, Palakkad, and Thrissur have been declared to be on high alert for October 7.
It is due to the depression’s influence that Kerala will receive heavy rainfall. Further, the Coast Guard Dorniers and ships have been deployed off Kerala in view of the forecast. They will also broadcast warnings of very high frequency (VHF). Fishermen at sea will also be advised to return to the harbour.
Response teams of the Indian Coast Guard have also been formed at Kochi while Gemini life boats have been kept on standby for deployment. Earlier on Friday, the Director of IMD, Thiruvananthapuram, K Santosh, had said that the area of depression that was formed in the Arabian Sea will likely intensify into a cyclonic storm.
“Under its influence, Kerala is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next five days. Fishermen have been advised to not venture into the sea for the next three-four days,” Santosh added. Meanwhile, the Additional Chief Secretary of the Disaster Management Department has opened a special cell with officials from Kerala state disaster management and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
On October 5, the Kerala government also opened Cheruthoni dam’s spillway to release 50 cusecs of water. This was done after the dam was brimming as heavy rains lashed the area on October 4.