New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the cyclonic storm ‘Biparjoy’ will strengthen in the next 24 hours, issuing an alert to the people of Kerala and Coastal Karnataka to expect heavy rainfall in the next three days and to Lakshadweep over the next two days.

The IMD has predicted the cyclone to move in the north-northeast direction. In a tweet on its official handle, the IMD said on Saturday, “Very severe cyclonic storm Biparjoy lay centered at 0830IST of today, near latitude 16.7N and longitude 67.4E… To intensify further and move North Northeastwards gradually during next 24 hours.”

The IMD has also predicted that North East India will receive light to moderate rain, which could be scattered to widespread, along with thunderstorm, over the next five days, while northern parts of West Bengal and Sikkim would likely get very heavy rainfall at isolated places for the next three days. Isolated heavy rainfall over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is predicted by the IMD for two days, on account of the cyclone.

A yellow alert has been issued for places in Kerala, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur. Fishermen in Kerala as well as Karnataka have been advised not to go out into the sea during the period of alert.

In Gujarat too, high waves were sighted off in the Arabian Sea off the Tithal beach in Valsad and, as a precautionary measure, the beach has been closed for tourists till June 14.

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Pakur (PTI): Over 100 students of a private residential school in Jharkhand's Pakur district fell sick after having their meal, officials said on Thursday.

After having dinner on Wednesday night, some students said they felt like puking and complained of head ache, alleging that a lizard was found in the food.

Immediately, 65 students were rushed to a hospital in nearby Rampurhat in West Bengal's Birbhum district, while 45
others were kept under observation at the Pakuria Community Health Centre, district Civil Surgeon doctor MK Tekriwal said.

Three students are still undergoing treatment at the Rampurhat hospital while the rest were discharged, said Pakuria's Block Development Officer Manoj Kumar.

Doctor Tekriwal said it is a matter of investigation whether a lizard was found in the food.