The IMD predicted that Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur will receive heavy rainfall at isolated places in the next 24 hours.

Red alert withdrawn for all Kerala districts fishermen warned not to venture into sea
news Weather Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 13:31

The red alert was withdrawn on Sunday from all the districts in Kerala where it was in place.

In a weather bulletin issued at 11.30 am on Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) centre in Thiruvananthapuram indicated that all districts in Kerala except Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur will receive light to moderate rainfall during the next 24 hours. Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur districts will receive heavy rainfall at isolated places.

The IMD also predicted strong winds along the Kerala coast and rough seas over south, central and northwest Arabian Sea and therefore warned fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea in these parts.

On Saturday, the red alert was issued to three districts in the state – Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Idukki. Alappuzha, Kottayam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur were placed under orange alert while officials were urged to be prepared. Yellow alert was issued in Kasargod and Kollam which means the authorities must watch out.

Thiruvananthapuram was under green alert forecasting light to moderate rainfall in the district.

Earlier, a scientist from the Regional Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram had told TNM that the low-pressure area that had formed in Odisha and resulted in this sudden spell of heavy rain in Kerala has moved and is now being formed in the north-western part of the Bay of Bengal.

Since the rains have eased up in the state, several modes of transportation are resuming services to and from the state, albeit gradually.

Alliance Air has decided to operate commercial 70-seater ATR aircrafts from the Kochi Naval Air Base from Monday to Bengaluru and Coimbatore, while Railways are resuming services on the affected lines, with speed restrictions.

Roads across the state which were blocked due to landslides and waterlogging are slowly being cleared for use. As on Sunday, major roads connecting Ernakulam with Thrissur, Kottayam with Idukki and Ernakulam, Thrissur to Palakkad via Kuthiran, Thrissur and Kozhikode have been cleared for use.

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