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The weather department has predicted heavy rains in Kerala for the next couple of days following which authorities have sounded a red alert. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a tweet, asked authorities and people to follow guidelines issued by the state disaster management authority while alerting people about the red alert for May 14 and 15. Authorities have also banned fishing in the sea till the situation becomes normal.

"Red Alert! 14 May - Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, 15 May - Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargod. Follow guidelines issued by @KeralaSDMA", Vijayan tweeted.

Vijayan's tweet came hours after the IMD issued a warning and said that the low pressure area over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16, which may bring heavy rainfall in some parts of Kerala.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has urged the people living in landslide prone areas and coastal areas to take all precautions. It has also directed authorities to take steps to open relief camps adhering to COVID-19 protocol.
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