Kerala on alert, IMD warns of heavy rains as depression formed in Arabian sea

Oct 06, 2018, 21:12 IST | PTI

According to the IMD, the depression is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and move northwestwards towards South Oman and adjoining Yemen coasts during the next five days

Kerala on alert, IMD warns of heavy rains as depression formed in Arabian sea
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The Kerala government Saturday stepped up its vigil in view of the possibility of heavy rains following the formation of depression over the south-east and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea.

According to the IMD, the depression is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and move northwestwards towards South Oman and adjoining Yemen coasts during the next five days.

In view of the IMD's cyclone forecast, Additional Chief Secretary, Disaster Management Department has opened a special coordination cell with officials from Kerala state disaster management and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The cell will function overnight in the Government Secretariat. The government is also closely monitoring the water levels in various dams in the state.

Shutters of around 22 dams including Cheruthoni, part of the Idukki reservoir, Malamapuzha, Neyyar, Kallada and Pamba have been opened to release water as a precautionary measure in view of the heavy rain forecast.

The sea condition is expected to become rough to very rough from Saturday over the southeast Arabian sea and adjoining central Arabian Sea and fishermen have been advised not to put out to sea.

Kerala had been devastated by floods in August this year leaving a trail of unprecedented destruction and had forced people to take refuge in relief camps.

The South-west monsoon had claimed 493 lives in the floods, the worst in the last 100 years.

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