A holiday has been declared for all the educational institutions in two districts of Kerala that have been witnessing heavy rains due to cyclone Maha developing over the Arabian Sea.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its bulletin mentioned that cyclone Maha has formed over Lakshadweep and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea and Maldives area. The weather agency predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Lakshadweep and adjoining areas including parts of Kerala.

While cyclone Kyarr is hovering to the west of Mumbai and is expected to weaken from ‘severe cyclonic storm’ to ‘cyclonic storm’ in the next 12 hours. The storm is expected to weaken from deep depression into depression by Sunday as per IMD.

Four districts of Kerala- Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, and Kozhikode were issued an orange alert and are expected to receive very heavy rains as the cyclone Maha crosses Lakshadweep on Thursday. Another 10 districts were issued a yellow alert. While a red warning was issued in Lakshadweep.

Ernakulam District Collector asked people to refrain from visiting the beaches in the district. The District Collector took to social media and asked “Entry to beaches in the district has been banned for Thursday. Public is expected to understand the situation and cooperate.”

Fishermen along the coastal districts were advised not to venture into the seas for the next 48 hours until further notice is given.  The IMD bulletin said total suspension of fishing should be observed over Comorin-Maldives, Lakshadweep, Kerala and Karnataka coasts  for another 48 hours.

Cyclone Maha is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm on Thursday.

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