The IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall across Kerala till Tuesday.

Rain recedes in Kerala but fishermen advised against venturing into seasImage for representation
news Rains Friday, July 26, 2019 - 19:15

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that rainfall will recede across the state in the days to follow but weather warnings remain in place for fishermen against venturing into the sea. A warning for fishermen has been issued in the wake of strong winds being predicted along the coast of southern Tamil Nadu, from Kolachal to Dhanushkodi.

“High waves in the range of 3.5-3.8 meters are forecast till Saturday night along the area and surface current speed can reach up to 87 centimetres per second,” an Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) bulletin said. Meanwhile, the weather warning issued by the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) also states that fishermen should not venture into the sea off the Odisha coast and the mid-west sea near Andhra Pradesh coast till Sunday since the seas will be rough.

The rainfall forecast over Kerala released by IMD also shows that Southwest monsoon is receding. Light to moderate rainfall ranging from 2.5 to 64.4 mm has been predicted in the state till Tuesday. Some parts of Kerala may not receive any rainfall in the coming days.

Though the rains have started to recede, the water level of the Periyar River and Pamba is reported to be rising, according to data released by Central Water Commission on Friday.

As the monsoon is retreating, around a thousand people who were in relief camps across the state till two days before, have returned to their homes. As per the data from the State Disaster Control room, till Friday evening, there are about 22 relief camps in the state at present and about 1,100 people are staying in these camps. A total of 27 people have lost their lives in the state in the monsoon season and one person, a fisherman from Kollam, is reported to be missing.

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