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Kerala, Tamil Nadu rains Highlights: Cheruthony dam shutter opened in Kerala’s Idukki, IMD predicts more rains

Tamil Nadu, Kerala rains Highlights: Due to the formation of a low-pressure area, a tropical storm is brewing in the Arabian Sea, moving towards the coast of Oman.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 6, 2018 10:30:54 pm
Kerala, Tamil Nadu rains Highlights: Cheruthony dam shutter opened in Kerala’s Idukki

As the Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday sounded a red alert for Idukki and Malappuram districts and orange alert for several other districts, the state administration was in disaster preparedness mode on Friday. After heavy rain accompanied by overflowing dams inundated central Kerala in August, the government has taken pre-emptive steps this time.

Shutters of 14 dams have been opened to avoid floods downstream. Few other places like South interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar islands are also expected to experience heavy showers from October 4 till October 8.

Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan has asked central agencies for their support in the upcoming days. “Red alert has been declared in three districts for October 7. Disaster Management Authority has been met to assess the situation. We’ve sought support from central agencies and have asked for five companies of NDRF,” Vijayan told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday.

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Kerala, Tamil Nadu rains Highlights: IMD issues red alert in Kerala, schools remain closed in Tamil Nadu today. Read in Malayalam, Tamil

14:13 (IST)06 Oct 2018

The low pressure are in the Arabian Sea is likely to concentrate into a depression, which is moving in a north west direction away from Indian coast. Heavy spells of rain is forecast over Kerala and Tamil Nadu for the next three days. IMD

13:10 (IST)06 Oct 2018
Red alert withdrawn in Kerala's Idukki, Malappuram districts

Kerala Meteorological department withdraws red alert issued for Idukki and Malappuram districts. (ANI)

13:00 (IST)06 Oct 2018
Kerala rains: Cheruthony dam shutter was opened

One shutter of Cheruthony dam in Idukki was opened today.

12:04 (IST)06 Oct 2018
11:52 (IST)06 Oct 2018

Satellite image of the low-pressure area at the Arabian Sea. (Source: IMD)

11:11 (IST)06 Oct 2018
NDRF deployed in some places in Kerala

Five teams of the NDRF have been deployed in Palakkad, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, due to the low pressure syytem in Arabian Sea.

11:08 (IST)06 Oct 2018
The low pressure area can concentrate into depression and move northwestwards in the next 24 hours: IMD

The low-pressure area over southeast Arabian Sea and neighbourhood now lies as a well-marked low-pressure area over the same region with associated cyclonic circulation. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression and move northwestwards during next 24 hours. It is very likely to intensify into a Cyclonic Storm and move towards the coast of Oman thereafter, IMD predicts.

10:08 (IST)06 Oct 2018

The Indian Navy in a statement to ANI said, "All naval assets at Kochi, both air as well as surface, being maintained at high alert to render any assistance to the state administration and local population in case of any contingency caused due to adverse weather."

10:03 (IST)06 Oct 2018
IMD bulletin for October 6 predicts heavy rains with thunderstorm at several places in TN, Kerala

Heavy rains and thunderstorm with lightning and gusty winds is likely at places over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Lakshadweep Islands, Kerala, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and southern Karnataka. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea.

08:27 (IST)06 Oct 2018
Navy on alert following IMD's weather warning

The Indian Navy has taken a number of steps for disseminating the information in various languages-- Hindi, English, Malayalam and Tamil-- to the local populace and fishermen. Based on a request by the Fisheries Department, the Southern Naval Command has deployed its naval ships and Dornier aircraft deployed off Kerala coast and L&M Islands, to broadcast the weather warning to fishing boats at sea and advise them to return to harbour, a Defence spokesman said Friday.

A strict round the clock watch about the development of weather conditions at sea and a close liaison with state disaster management authority for any development at land is being maintained, he added.

07:55 (IST)06 Oct 2018
Heavy rain lashes Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

Rain continued to lash parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the second day on Friday, prompting officials to declare a holiday for educational institutions in the state. Following the forecast of extremely heavy rain, Chief Minister K Palaniswami held a review meeting in Chennai and issued instructions to officials. Collectors of coastal districts were asked to take steps for early return of fishermen.

Officials were told to keep ready adequate supplies that might be required in the event of people being evacuated to relief camps, a release said. Reservoirs with over 70 per cent storage should be monitored, it added. Sources said authorities had issued a red alert as heavy rain was expected Sunday.

07:44 (IST)06 Oct 2018
Kerala rain alert: Dam shutters opened, control rooms set up

Shutters of 14 dams have been opened to avoid floods downstream. Water at 100 cubic per second will be discharged from Idamalayar dam from Saturday. Read more here

23:02 (IST)05 Oct 2018
One shutter of Idukki-Cheruthoni dam to be raised at 6 am Saturday
21:10 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Indian Navy takes steps to spread information on warning issued by IMD

A weather alert regarding a formation of low pressure area over southeast Arabian sea and area adjoining Lakshadweep islands has been issued by the India Meteorological Department. The Indian Navy has taken a number of steps for disseminating the same in various languages namely, Hindi, English, Malayalam and Tamil to the local population including fishermen. Based on a request by the fisheries department, the Southern Naval Command has deployed its assets, comprising naval ships and Dornier aircraft off the Kerala coast and L&M Islands, to broadcast the weather warning to fishing boats at sea and advise them to return to harbour.

20:13 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Tourists told not to visit hill stations including Munnar, Nelliyampathy

Tourists have been advised to refrain from travelling to hill stations, especially Munnar in Idukki district and Nelliyampathy in Palakkad district. Kerala government has also issued warning to people living on the banks of rivers including Pamba and Periyar. Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea for the next few days.

20:06 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Tamil Nadu government issues alerts to 32 districts

Tamil Nadu MP Udhaya Kumar said the state has taken all the precautionary measures to fight heavy rainfall, reported ANI. The government has issued necessary directions to 32 districts, he added.

20:01 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Kerala: NDRF teams deployed in five districts

NDRF teams have been deployed in districts of Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode districts of Kerala. The shutters of the Neyyar and Aruvikara dams in Thiruvanathapuram and Malampuzha dam in Palakkad were lifted Friday to release water following prediction of heavy rains in the next few days, reported PTI

19:22 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Tamil Nadu: Coastal district collectors asked to arrange for early return of fishermen

Following forecast of extreme heavy rain on Sunday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami held a review meeting at Chennai and issued a series of instructions to officials. This included asking collectors of coastal districts to take steps for early return of fishermen who have ventured into the sea, PTI reported.

Read full report here

18:38 (IST)05 Oct 2018
Five districts of Kerala issued heavy rainfall alerts

As many as five districts of Kerala have been issued heavy rainfall alerts. According to chief minister's office, Kerala, red alert denotes “extremely heavy rainfall” and orange alert stands for “heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places”.

18:10 (IST)05 Oct 2018
IMD predicts heavy rainfall in Kerala next three days

According to forecast by India Meteorological Department, heavy (7-11 cm in 24 hrs) to very heavy (12 - 20 cm in 24 hours) rainfall is most likely to occur at one or two places in Kerala on October 6 and October 8, 2018, with extremely heavy (21cm and above) rainfall on October 7, 2018. While the vice-president of Skymet Weather said the low pressure is now stationed at the southeast Arabian Sea which will become stronger, shift towards the northwest of the sea and transform into a cyclone.

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Kerala, Tamil Nadu rains, weather news Highlights:

Kerala has received a cumulative rainfall of 2471 mm — an excess of 24 per cent over the course of three months of the southwest monsoon. Over 400 people lost their lives in the rains and floods during the South-West monsoon in Kerala. The state suffered a loss of Rs 25,050 crore, as per the report by Rapid Damage Assessment and Need Analysis.

The sea condition is also expected to be very rough from Saturday and fishermen have been warned not to venture into deep sea. Officials in Chennai said District Collectors in Tamil Nadu have been instructed to take required precautionary action.

Also read | Kerala rain alert: Dam shutters opened, control rooms set up

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