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Red alert for Kerala: What Met office’s colour-coded alerts mean

The IMD has issued a red alert for Idukki and Wayanad till August 14 and amber alert till August 15. Red Alert for Kannur is till August 13 and amber alert till August 15.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2018 16:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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An aerial view of the floods in Aluva after heavy rains, in Kerala.(PTI Photo)

The relief Kerala got from rain on Saturday may be short lived as the Met office has issued a Red alert for some districts of the state that has witnessed torrential rains in the past week resulting in 30 deaths.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Idukki and Wayanad till August 14 and amber alert till August 15. Red Alert for Kannur is till August 13 and amber alert till August 15.

Four colour codes are issued to indicate various categories of alerts. Here is what each alert means:

Green (All is well): No advisory is issued

Yellow (Be aware): Severely bad weather is possible over the next few days, plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays and disruption of day-to-day activities possible. It indicates the weather may change or worsen in the next few days.

Amber (Be prepared): There is an increased likelihood of extremely bad weather, which could potentially cause travel delays, road and rail closures, and interruption of power supply. There could be risk to life and property. Amber means people need to be prepared to change plans and protect themselves, their family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office.

Red (Take action): Extremely bad weather is expected. People need to take action to keep themselves and others safe. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life are likely. People must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 16:19 IST