Heavy Rains continue to lash Kerala; Orange alert declared in Idukki district

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Rains are expected to persist throughout Kerala Wednesday. Heavy rains are expected in several sections of the state over the next few hours, said the meteorological agency, IMD.

In Idukki, where heavy rain is falling, an orange alert has been issued. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad have all been placed on yellow alert.

Strong winds and heavy rains are expected throughout the state during the next five days. On April 13, 14, isolated rains are likely, as could severe isolated showers on April 13.  As the storm passed over the coast of southern Tamil Nadu and reached the Arabian Sea, the rains became more intense. Thunderstorms are expected from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on these days, with winds gusting to 40 km/h.

Sea turbulence and strong waves of 1.2 m to 1.5 m are possible off the coast of Kerala on Wednesday, so coastal residents should be cautious. The fishing curb is still in effect. Due to severe rainfall in hilly places, river water levels may rise. The IMD anticipates very heavy rainfall in the district, ranging from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm in 24 hours. Over the last week or so, the state has seen moderate to heavy rains in various places.

The department warned that the summer showers will be accompanied by thunderstorms and strong gusts, which might be dangerous, and that the public should be particularly cautious, especially in places prone to flooding and landslides.

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