Goa put on alert as heavy rain predicted

The India Meteorological Department's (IMD) Goa Observatory has issued a `red alert' for the coastal state on Thursday with a forecast of heavy rainfall.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, IMD Goa advised people to stay indoors and asked fishermen not to venture into the sea due to rough weather conditions.

The state is currently on `orange alert' due to a low pressure belt developed in the Arabian Sea as it is expected to bring in heavy showers.