After coping with the effects of the devastating floods in August, Kerala is now bracing for more rains. The State government of Kerala on Thursday has issued a Red Alert across the state.

The government has issued disaster preparedness with low pressure likely to form over the Southeast Arabian Sea.

An IMD bulletin said the low pressure area could intensify into a cyclonic storm, triggering heavy to very heavy rainfall in several parts of Kerala. As a result, a red alert has been sounded in Idukki and Malappuram districts of Kerala where heavy rains are expected this Sunday.

With the water level in Mullaperiyar dam having crossed 130 feet, the district administration is considering opening of the shutters of Idukki Cheruthoni dam. Water will be released in low quantity.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu has initiated precautionary measures in the wake after authorities claimed that the state may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places and extremely heavy rainfall in some areas on October 7.

According to officials, educational institutions will remain shut in several districts. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palanisamy will be consulting senior authorities in a meeting today on the red alert warning issued in the State.  

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