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IMD: Rain wreaks havoc in parts of Kerala, “Red alert” in 7 districts; Warns of heavy rainfall in these states

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Thiruvananthapuram: Rain wreaks havoc in parts of Kerala which leads 6 people dead. Heavy rain continues to lash the state. Indian weather department has declared red alert in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts on Tuesday. The body of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, who went missing in a waterlogged road in Kannur, has been recovered.

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According to the Central Meteorological Department, widespread rains and isolated heavy (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) rains are likely in Kerala from today to August 5. The Central Meteorological Department has also informed that there is a possibility of isolated very heavy or extremely heavy rains during the days from today to August 4.

Monsoon has become active in all the states of the country and for the last several days, heavy rain is going on in some states. Due to the floods after the rains, the situation has become very bad in many states and life has been affected. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert regarding heavy rains in many states. The IMD has forecast heavy rain and thundershowers over central, west, east and south India for the next four to five days.

The Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rains in Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh for the next five days. Apart from this, moderate to heavy rains may also occur in West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand during the next three days.

According to the IMD, today (August 2), apart from the national capital Delhi, light rain activities can be seen in many districts of Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has also expressed the possibility of rain in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

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Kerala is in Red Alert
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in seven districts amid incessant rains in Kerala. The Meteorological Department has issued a ‘red alert’ for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts. Along with this, ‘Orange Alert’ has also been issued for four districts. For August 4, the Meteorological Department has issued ‘Red Alert’ for nine districts and ‘Orange Alert’ for three districts. IMD has issued a yellow alert for Thrissur and Malappuram districts of the state.

Under the Red Alert, there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rain i.e. more than 20 cm of rain in 24 hours, while under Orange Alert, 6 cm to 20 cm of extremely heavy rain and under Yellow Alert 6 to 11 cm of heavy rain. There is a possibility. After the alert of IMD, the administration has advised people to be careful. Along with this, it has been asked to bathe, wash clothes or bathe animals in rivers, reservoirs, streams etc., avoid going at night and follow the advice given by the Disaster Management Authority.

Monsoon likely to be normal in August-September
Rainfall during the second half of the southwest monsoon is likely to be normal, the India Meteorological Department predicted on Monday. In the first half, till July 31, it was 8% above average, although rainfall was highly uneven in different parts of the country, weather office data show.

India received 7% excess rainfall in this monsoon season between June 1 and July 31, but rice-producing states of West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Kerala received less rainfall. Mohapatra said that in August, the monthly rainfall across the country is more likely to be normal, which is 94 to 106 percent of the LPA.

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