Thiruvananthapuram: After the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in at least three districts of Kerala, that is, Idukki, Thrissur and Palakkad for extremely heavy rain on October 7, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought support from central agencies and asked for five companies of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Vijayan said that as per the warning issued by IMD, a low-pressure area has been created in the Arabian sea close to Sri Lankan coast which is likely to develop into a cyclonic storm. A warning has been issued on the same. The predicted trajectory will be along the coast of Lakshadweep, said Vijayan.

The Kerala CM said that the district administration has been directed to take necessary action to handle the crisis. Moreover, tourists have been advised not to travel to hilly regions, especially to Munnar to see the Neelakurinji. Apart from warning the tourists, fishermen have been advised to reach the safer coast by October 5. The Disaster Management Authority has met to assess the situation.

Kerala was hit by floods in August this year. As many as 443 people died while nearly 54.11 lakh people in 14 districts of the state were severely affected.