Cyclone alert for Kerala coast: Heavy rain, strong winds likely

  • Cyclone alert for Kerala coast: Heavy rain, strong winds likely

Cyclone alert for Kerala coast: Heavy rain, strong winds likely

Authorities have been asked to raise warning signal 3 at all ports and harbours and the KSEB has been asked to be on alert for emergencies.

The weather department has warned that wind speed will vary between 40 to 60 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. All coastal taluk control rooms will work round the clock till March 15 and coastal relief shelters will be open.

The State government alert comes in the backdrop of Ochki cyclone that hit the coasts of the State, neighbouring Tamilnadu and union territory of Lakshadweep in November-December past year, claiming the lives of several fishermen and leaving many missing.

It has maintained the outlook of rough sea conditions and squall and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off south Tamil Nadu and the Kerala coast, Comorin-Maldives area, Lakshadweep area and the Gulf of Mannar area during the next two days.

The government stepped up the warning for coastal communities in the State as the low pressure zone which originated in the Indian Ocean concentrated into a depression over the south east Arabian sea and lay centred about 350 km off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram.

The IMD made it clear that the depression is likely to transform into a deep depression and move northwestwards in the next 48 hours.

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

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. A top level meeting has been called by the Chief Minister, and it will be attended by Chief Secretary Paul Antony, State Police Chief Loknath Behera, and Met director S Sudevan, among other officials.

The Kerala government sounded an alert along its coast in view of a well marked low pressure over the Indian Ocean, asking officials to ensure return of fishermen engaged in deep-sea fishing.