After about a week of torrential downpour, the Southwest Monsoon seems to have reduced its strength over Kerala. According to the latest update from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), extremely heavy rainfall is not predicted anywhere in the state for the coming days.
Although, isolated heavy rains have been predicted in Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod districts of northern Kerala for Wednesday. Yellow colour code warning, implying the district officials ‘to be updated’ on the weather, has been issued in these districts for the day. Yellow colour code warning has also been issued for Kannur for Thursday, and Kasaragod for both Thursday and Friday.
As a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incidents, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has put out a directive for those living in flood-prone areas or which are prone to landslides, to prepare an emergency kit that could come in handy in case of emergencies. The details on how to prepare an emergency kit can be found here.
Meanwhile, IMD has also issued weather warnings for fishermen in Kerala and Lakshadweep. “The winds can reach a speed reaching over 40-50 kmph along and off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area. Sea condition will be very rough and fishermen are not advised to venture into the sea,” an official release of IMD said. It has also forecast high waves in the range of 2.5 metres to 3.3 metres till Wednesday at 11.30 pm along the coast of Kerala.
As of Tuesday evening, 39 relief camps have been opened in the state, occupied by 551 families consisting of 2,204 members.
About 24 people have lost their lives in the state in various rain-related incidents. Three people have also suffered injuries in the rain.