Heavy rain warning in Kerala, Karnataka

Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains accompanied with strong winds and thunderstorms will lash several parts of Kerala and Karnataka in the next 24 hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Kannaur and Kasaragod districts today. An orange alert has been declared in Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts, and yellow alert for Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Idukki districts.

“Strong winds from Westerly direction speed reaching 40-50 kmph likely along and off Kerala and Karnataka coasts, South Tamil Nadu and over Lakshadweep area,” said the IMD, adding that strong winds from southwesterly direction with speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over Central and Southwest Arabian Sea.

Warning about the Karnataka coast, Kerala coast and Lakshadweep Area, the weather deparment added, “Sea condition will be rough to very rough.”

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next few days.

The rough weather conditions will prevail till Friday, 26 July. A holiday has been declared in schools and educational institutes in Kannur, Kasargod and Malappuram districts.

The weather body also predicted rainfall in areas such as Assam, Meghalaya, Konkan, Goa, Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.