Orange alert in 4 districts in Kerala

An orange alert was issued on Wednesday for four districts in Kerala by the Met department following formation of a deep depression in the Arabian sea.

The Orange alert, indicating heavy to very rainfall of between 6 cm to 20 cm, was for Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts for October 31, while the other 10 districts were issued a yellow alert.

The Met department said the depression over Maldives- Comorin and Lakshadweep area has "intensified into a deep Depression over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and Maldives area." A cyclone warning and a red alert has been issued for Lakshadweep Islands, where extremely heavy rainfall has been forecast

The State Disaster Management Authority has warned the public and officials to exercise caution as squalls are likely to blow along the Kerala coast.