IMD issues red alert for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, heavy rainfall predicted

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry stating that heavy to heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in these states on October 7 after a cyclonic circulation developed in southeast Arabian Sea.

Dr K Satyagopal, Tamil Nadu Relief Commissioner reportedly said, “The IMD has predicted widespread heavy rain and isolated extremely heavy rainfall on the 7th. Highly vulnerable areas are being monitored. New storm water drains have been constructed and damaged one have been repaired.”

In view of the IMD alert the Tamil Nadu government has announced holiday for schools and colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts today.

Red alert has been sounded in Idukki and Malappuram districts.

According to reports disaster management and relief officials said that precautions have been taken and rescue workers are ready for any situation.

On October 4 shutters of dams in Thrissur and Palakkad districts were lifted to drain out excess water. The sea condition is also expected to be very rough and fishermen have been warned not to venture into deep sea.

Satyagopal added that the Mettur reservoir and the water bodies, which are full, are being closely watched.

Relief commissioner added, “The State Disaster Relief Fund has been strengthened and 1275 young police personnel have been trained.”