Met Dept re-revises its rain forecast for Kerala, withdraws orange alert issued on Saturday

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Met Department has issued contradictory updates regarding the rain forecast for Kerala over the next five days.

The India Meteorological Department that had issued an orange alert for five Kerala districts over the next 48 hours has withdrawn its warning in the latest update.

In the recent update issued through the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority at 1.30 pm, there are no orange alerts (heavy to very heavy rainfall) in Kerala until at least November 4.

However, the department issued a rider by 3 pm stating that Kerala can expect isolated showers with thunderstorms between October 31 and November 4.

It has though retained its warning for fisherfolk along the shores of Kerala and Lakshadweep, barring them from venturing into the sea until November 4.

On Saturday, the Met Department had said Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki were likely to receive 64.5-204mm rainfall over the next 48 hours.

The warning for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki districts was retained until November 2 while the weather was expected to improve in other southern districts thereafter.

The department had also predicted that Palakkad, Kozhikode and Wayanad to slip under the 'orange alert' on November 2. All that has been revised in the latest update.

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