Chennai: Many places in Southern state Tamil Nadu are receiving rains. In the next three days, there is a possibility of the state getting widespread rainfall. “Already, rainfall activity has increased in interior districts and southern belt. Several places in Pudukkottai, Kanniyakumari, Tiruvarur, Perambalur and Tanjavur are getting good rains,” a weather official told The New Indian Express.

Further, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) also issued a rainfall alert at isolated places over Puducherry and Kerala. Heavy rain at isolated places over South Interior Karnataka, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands are also expected between October 4 and October 8.

The weather department also issued a warning to fishermen, where they are advised not to venture into South and the central Arabian Sea from October 6 to 8, as rough sea conditions are likely to prevail.

Earlier, IMD also issued a red alert in mainly three districts of Kerala, that are, 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.