New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Kerala and Mahe, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and Lakshadweep.
According to the Met department, a low-pressure area is very likely to form over the south-east Arabian Sea around May 14 morning and it is expected to further move north-northwestwards across the south-east Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area gradually intensify.
Several states conducted meetings to review preparedness after IMD’s warning.
Thunderstorms in coastal parts of Gujarat
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a meeting and directed the officials of coastal districts in the state to remain alert and take necessary safety measures.
The possible cyclonic activity in the east-central Arabian Sea would bring thunderstorms in the coastal region of the state, including Saurashtra and the south Gujarat region, reported PTI.
The weather department has predicted that Kerala is likely to receive heavy rains this week following which state authorities sounded heavy to very heavy rain alerts in a few districts.
The sea will be very rough and the Kerala government has requested everyone to follow safety guidelines issued by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.
Orange code warning issued for six Kerala districts
Earlier today, KSDMA conducted a preparedness meeting with the Indian Army, Navy, IAF, Coast Guard and NDRF.
The IMD has further advised fishermen out in the deep sea to return to the coast and also told them not to venture into the sea.
Yellow and orange alerts have been sounded in a few districts.
Orange code warning has been issued for Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Kollam and Pathanamthitta for May 14. These areas are likely to receive very heavy rains between 115.6 millimetre and 204.4 mm for 24 hours.
The KSDMA has also urged the people living in landslide-prone areas and coastal areas to take all precautions and has directed authorities to take steps to open relief camps adhering to COVID-19 protocol.