Heavy rain, thunder and lightning lashed many parts of Kerala today. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert in 8 districts- Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur.

Five districts – Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod – have been placed under yellow alert with isolated heavy rains forecast. In the statement of the IMD, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea in the state as wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is very likely to hit Kerala coast today.

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Keeping in mind the devastating landslides in Idukki and Kottayam districts last week, the Kerala government for the first time started evacuating people living in landslide prone areas in the eastern hills of the state. The district administration has prepared fishermen with boats to evacuate people from low-lying areas.

IMD data shows that the southern state has received 135 per cent excess rainfall between October 1 and 19. During heavy rains on October 16, when the IMD had issued a red alert indicating extremely heavy rainfall, several incidents of landslides and rain-related accidents. were reported from the south-central districts of Kerala, resulting in at least 27 deaths. The weather rainfall data on the IMD website shows that the normal rainfall for the period 1 to 19 October was 192.7 mm while the actual rainfall was 453.5 mm.

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