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Heavy Rainfall in Kerala: Red Alert Issued for Three Districts

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert in certain districts of the state for May 19 and 20, predicting exceptionally heavy rainfall in Kerala in the coming days.

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For May 19 and 20, the state’s districts of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, and Idukki were under a red alert, according to the IMD.

For those two days, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, and Ernakulam were also under an orange alert.

In addition, the weather service issued an orange alert for May 21 in nine districts, stating that there was a chance of rainfall comparable to that of a red alert in some of them.

It also predicted that thunderstorms with lightning, accompanied by gusty winds, were very likely to occur at one or two places in Kerala between May 19 and 22.

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For Saturday, it issued an orange alert in Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Malappuram districts.

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rain of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert means very heavy rain (6 cm to 20 cm). A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

The IMD on Thursday had predicted very heavy rainfall in the state between May 18 and 20 due to the likely prevalence of strong westerly and south westerly winds in the region.

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