Red alert in Kodagu as monsoon picks up

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What is the issue?

A red alert was issued across Kodagu for Wednesday and Thursday, forecasting very heavy rain. Several hilly areas have witnessed heavy rain over the past three days and the rainfall is expected to increase with monsoon picking up in the land of coffee.

 

Weather Warning Systems

Colour coded weather warning:

  • It is issued by the country’s apex weather agency Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) from the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • Its objective is to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause damage, widespread disruption, or danger to life.
  • As per the regular practice, warnings are uploaded on the website every day. District wise rainfall forecast along with warnings with colour-coded alerts are also uploaded and updated thrice daily on the website.

The colour system ranges from green, which is low risk, to red, which is the highest risk of severe conditions.

 

1. YELLOW

Yellow level weather alerts are to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity and to allow them to take preventative action.

It is used for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.

 

2. ORANGE

Orange level indicates the weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas.

Its issue implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.

 

3.  RED

Red level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties.

This is usually done by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily (evacuation), by staying indoors or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.

It is in the case of a red weather alert that we could see serious disruption to public transport, road closures, and school closures.

 

Source: The Hindu

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