IMD predicts extremely heavy rains in Lakshadweep, issues red alert for two days

NEW DELHI : The visibility was low on Wednesday due to thick smog in several north Indian cities even three days after Diwali on Wednesday. In Delhi, the air quality plummeted to “severe” with major pollutants PM 2.5 at 500 (severe) and PM 10 at 379 (very poor), in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data. Since Monday, the air pollution levels in Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Punjab have been between “poor” to “severe” categories.

On the other hand, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala and Lakshadweep and heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalseema. Owing to heavy rainfall, all the educational institutions in Ramanathapuram and schools in Madurai district will remain closed on Wednesday.

Also, Kyarr, the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ over West-central and adjoining East-central and north Arabian Sea, moved ­northwestwards with a speed of four kmph during the past six hours. It is very likely to weaken into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ by Thursday morning. The IMD has issued an advisory to fishermen to avoid venturing into east-central Arabian Sea till Wednesday morning and west-central Arabian Sea till November 2.