Thiruvananthapuram, July 24: Heavy rainfall is expected to lash the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said. A yellow alert has been issued in Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala for July 24 and July 25. The yellow alert means severely bad weather is possible over the next few days or may even change or worsen. In Karnataka, red alert has been issued in Udupi and Kodagu districts for the next two days. Schools & colleges to remain closed in Udupi on Wednesday. Kerala Rains: 4 Dead After Heavy Rainfall Wreaks Havoc, Red Alert Sounded in Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur Till July 23.
The weatherman has also issued orange alert in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram till July 25. Earlier this week, a red alert (very heavy rains) was sounded in Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts after incessant rains hit the state. Various relief camps were set across the state to help the stranded people. According to details by government officials, 379 families (1,519 people) had been relocated to 26 camps across the state. Of this, 680 were evacuated from coastal Thiruvananthapuram.
Moreover, the weather agency predicted that areas such as Assam, Meghalaya, Konkan, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal are also likely to receive heavy rainfall. Meanewhile, Bihar, East Rajasthan, East Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Rayalaseema, North Interior Karnataka and Lakshadwee will receive "heavy to very heavy rainfall on Wednesday.
In the wake of the current weather conditions, strong winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, are likely to prevail over south Bay of Bengal and southwest and central Arabian Sea. Also, thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is very likely at isolated places over north Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim," IMD stated in its all-India weather bulletin.
Due to rough to very rough sea conditions are expected to prevail along and off Goa-Karnataka-Kerala and south Tamil Nadu coasts and Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.Fishermen have been advised not to venture into these areas for the next few days.