Heavy rains were recorded in Kerala in the past, after which the Meteorological Department has once again expressed the possibility of torrential rains in the state. In view of this, the Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for many districts of the state. The Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for 11 districts on Wednesday. On the other hand, the department has issued an orange alert for 12 districts in view of the possibility of rain on Thursday. In this, an orange alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts. Orange alert has been issued for all other districts of the state except Kannur and Kasaragod for October 21.
According to the Meteorological Department, a red alert is issued on the possibility of more than 20 cm of rain in 24 hours, an orange alert on the possibility of 6 to 20 cm of rain and a yellow alert on the possibility of 6 to 11 cm of rain. After heavy rains last week in Kerala, the rainfall has now slowed down in many parts, but it has been decided to open the gates of the dams in view of the water level in these dams being above the danger mark and more rain expected from Wednesday. Pilgrimage for Thula Massam Puja at Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala was also suspended on Monday due to prevailing conditions and forecast of further inclement weather. People living in low-lying areas and near rivers have been advised to remain vigilant and take shelter in relief camps where dams are to be opened.
Kerala received 135 per cent excess rainfall this month: Meteorological Department
According to the Meteorological Department, Kerala has received 135 per cent additional rainfall this month i.e. from October 1 to 19. According to the Meteorological Department’s data, between October 1 and 19, Kerala received 453.5 mm of rain as against the normal rainfall of 192.7 mm. During October-December, the state received an average rainfall of 491.6 mm, which is 16.8 per cent of the annual rainfall, from the northeast monsoon, a senior meteorological department official said. This means that the state has received more than 90 per cent of the season’s rainfall, he said. Barring Thrissur and Alappuzha, all other districts received more than 100 per cent rainfall.
Rain likely in Odisha on Wednesday, rivers in spate in northern region
The Meteorological Department has predicted rain in Odisha on Tuesday as well as on Wednesday. It has been raining here for the last three days due to the formation of a low pressure area. Meteorologists said fishermen have been advised not to venture into the Bay of Bengal for the next 48 hours, while the water level in Subarnarekha, Budhbalang and Jalaka rivers in north Odisha is in spate. The Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rain and thundershowers in both the coastal and interior areas. According to the department, due to the formation of a low pressure area, the wind speed will increase from 40-50 kmph to 60 kmph and its effect can remain in the coastal area of Odisha for the next 48 hours.
Rain forecast for the weekend in Rajasthan
Due to the activation of a new Western Disturbance, some areas of Rajasthan may receive rain again this weekend. According to the Meteorological Department, the effect of the rain system that was active in the state for the last two days ended on Tuesday. During this, light to moderate rain occurred in many areas including the capital Jaipur. According to the department, the weather will remain completely dry in the state for the next four days, while a new Western Disturbance will be active on October 23-24. Due to its effect, there is a strong possibility of rain with thunder at some places of Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh and Churu districts of North-West Rajasthan.