Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next five days. As per the alert issued by India Meteorological Department, Southern part of the state will witness a major impact. In view of the IMD forecast, a red alert has been sounded in Idukki and Malappuram districts with heavy rains expected on Sunday. Also Read - Karnataka Agriculture Minister Takes COVID-19 Vaccine at Home, Centre Seeks Report

As a precautionary measure, the shutters of dams in Thrissur and Palakaad districts were lifted on Thursday evening to drain out excess water. Furthermore, fishermen have been warned not to venture into deep sea as the sea condition is also expected to be very rough from Saturday. Also Read - Unable to Break Open ATM, Robbers Steal The Whole Machine in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur

A bulletin issued by the IMD said, “A cyclonic circulation over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep and Maldives areas extended up to middle tropospheric level in the morning of Thursday and under its influence, a low pressure area is very likely to form over southeast Arabian Sea by October 6. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression and move northwestwards during subsequent 36 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm and move towards Oman coast.” Also Read - Lockdown News: These States Impose Lockdown-Like Restrictions in March, Only Essential Services Allowed | Full List

Director of Kerala Meteorological Department K Santosh on Thursday informed that the state is expected to witness heavy rainfall till October 9. “Heavy rainfall is expected till 9th of this month and heavy to very heavy is expected for the next five days. As much as 21 centimetres or more is expected in Southern region at one two places and we have issued district wise warning accordingly”, he was quoted as saying by ANI.

Kerala was ravaged by the southwest monsoon in August, the worst in the last 100 years. A total of 493 lives were lost in the floods that swamped several districts of the state.

Karnataka, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu Brace up For Rains

Tamil Nadu is predicted to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places and extremely heavy rainfall in some areas on October 7, an IMD forecast claimed. In the wake of the warning, preventive measures have been initiated by the state. The District Collectors in Tamil Nadu have reportedly been instructed to take required precautionary action.

On the other hand, the Karnataka government has sounded an alert in 12 districts as the IMD said heavy rains were likely in South interior parts of the southern state. As per reports, the government has asked the deputy commissioners of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Hassan, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Ballari, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara and Belagavi districts to take precautions in view of the IMD alert.

Karnataka too had suffered large scale destruction in August during the south west monsoon in several districts, including Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

The Union Territory of Puducherry has reportedly received rains in the last 24 hours with some parts receiving heavy showers. Most educational institutions there remained closed on Thursday in view of the intermittent rains which started Wednesday night. Water logging and traffic snarls were also reported from various areas.