Thiruvananthapuram: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heavy rain is very likely at one or two places over Kerala on May 21. Yellow alert has been declared in Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. Heavy rainfall (7-11 cm in 24 hours) is very likely to occur at isolated places in these districts, informs IMD.
No fishermen warning have been issued in Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep coasts. But an alert of possible swell waves has been issued. There is a possibility that sea will be rough nearshore along the coast till 11.30 pm on May 21 due to the effect of high period (17.5 – 20.5 sec) swell waves, having 1.2 – 2.5 m. Current speeds vary between 35 – 70cm/sec, informed the IMD.
Residents in danger zones should temporarily shift to safer areas as instructed by authorities as coastline may experience rough sea conditions. Fishing vessels should be tied to poles to prevent their washing away by strong tides. Fishing equipment too should be kept in safe places. People should strictly avoid going to beaches, and under no circumstance should they venture into the sea, the Met Office warned.