IMD withdraws red alert in 5 districts of Kerala, no let-up in showers in some parts

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A view of the waterlogged railway tracks in Ernakulam district. Photo: PTI.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday (October 22) lifted the red alert issued for five districts in Kerala.

However, following a directive from the administration, educational institutions will remain shut on Tuesday in the districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram as a precautionary measure.

On Monday (October 21), the IMD issued a red alert to Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram. An orange alert was issued to the district of Idukki. Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad were issued a yellow alert.

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Meteorologists have concluded that strong rainfall is unlikely in the state during the day. At the same time, the pressure in the Arabian Sea is getting stronger. It is expected that this pressure in the Arabian Sea will intensify over the next 24 hours.

IMD has forecast that Idukki would receive 115-204 mm rainfall, while isolated heavy rains may lash other districts like Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kannur and Kasargode, on Wednesday (October 23).

IMD has also given a warning on strong winds with a speed of 45-55 kmph off the coasts of Kerala and Lakshadweep. The fishermen in the area have been advised not to venture into the waters until Wednesday.

According to reports, Kerala received 38 percent more rainfall than usual in the last few days.

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