Heavy rainfall predicted in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu, fishermen advised caution

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

It said the formation of a depression over the southeast Arabian sea is likely to transform into a deep depression and move northwestwards.

"Warnings have been issued that under no circumstances should fishermen venture out into the sea till March 15", Vijayan told the media here. Forecast indicates rain or thundershower at many places on Tuesday and isolated heavy showers are expected over south Kerala on March 14 and across Kerala on March 15. But, the sea turns rough during this time and there are swells and high waves.

Squally winds speed reaching 45- to 55 km/hr gusting to 65 km/hr is very likely over Comorin area and along and off South Tamil Nadu-South Kerala coasts today and tomorrow.

In the case of Ockhi, the IMD had issued similar bulletins noting how a depression formed over the Comorin area had quickly developed into a deep depression and a cyclonic storm in a matter of few hours.

The weather department has warned that wind speed will vary between 40 to 60 kmph.

A high alert has been sounded along the Kerala coast, as chances of heavy winds and strong rain are feared following the development of low-pressure area along the south-western coast into a depression.

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A meeting of the executive committee of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) chose to extend the alert for coastal communities till March 15 in view of the evolving situation.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said alert in the state in connection with the depression was extended till Thursday in the wake of the IMD updates.

Coastal control rooms have been directed to remain operational 24x7 till Thursday.

He asked all fishermen who ventured into the sea before the warning came into force to return immediately.

Meanwhile, the state's chief secretary Paul Antony met senior officers of various departments to review preparations. Officials have been asked to be ready and, if necessary, coastal relief shelters would be opened at short notice.

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