Low depression intensifies: Cyclone warning along Kerala coast

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Attending a top-level meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered to get back all the fishermen already out in the sea. A signal 3 warning has been raised at all ports and harbours.

Wind speed over the Lakshadweep area and the adjoining southeast Arabian Sea is also predicted to gradually increase on Wednesday and Thursday, at 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph.

A meeting of the executive committee of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) made a decision to extend the alert for coastal communities till March 15 in view of the evolving situation. The government has directed the Coastal taluk control rooms to function 24*7 till March 15.

For a state that suffered extensive damage, especially to its southern coast, and heavy loss of lives when Cyclone Ockhi wreaked havoc late previous year, a repetition of the same fear and panic is likely to be experienced among the coastal communities again.

An IMD bulletin said rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at many places from March 13 to 15 with isolated heavy rainfalls likely over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala.

It has also forecast high waves in the 2.5 m-3.8 m range.

Sea condition will be "rough" to "very rough" over Comorin-Maldives area and adjoining sea areas during until tomorrow and over Lakshadweep area and adjoining South-East Arabian Sea until Thursday. It lay about 420 km southeast of Minicoy, 350 km south to southwest of Thiruvananthapuram and 290 km east to northeast of Maldives and was very likely to move north to northwestwards and intensify into a deep depression in the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the state's chief secretary Paul Antony met senior officers of various departments to review preparations.

He asked all fishermen who ventured into the sea before the warning came into force to return immediately. Officials have been asked to be ready and, if necessary, coastal relief shelters would be opened at short notice.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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