Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

Thiruvananthapuram metrological centre director S Sudevan said heavy rains will be accompanied by winds with speeds of 40 to 60 kmph in south Kerala.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday, ordered the state administration to ensure that fishers to not go to the seas until it is declared safe.

With a depression over Southeast Arabian sea likely to intensify in the next 48 hours, Kerala government on Tuesday issued a fresh alert and directed officials to be prepared to face any emergency.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the strong low depression was spotted at 390 km south, along south-west region.

The state government, still grappling with the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi in November past year, took stock of the situation at a high-level meeting here and issued directives for contingency preparedness.

The India Meteorological Department has classified it as a "very severe cyclonic storm", a designation for tempests with wind speeds reaching 137 miles an hour.

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. State chief secretary has alerted all the departments including fisheries, police, coast guard and district collectors based on the IMD and KSDMA forecast.

The chief minister had instructed officers concerned to ensure that no fishermen ventured out to sea.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture out into the sea off south Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Comorin-Maldives area and adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Mannar area for the next 48 hours.

However, the government along the the State Disaster Management Committee have issued early warnings and are taking measures to safeguard the coastal areas this time. The cyclone claimed 80 lives in Kerala and 28 in Tamil Nadu. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and intensify into a deep depression during next 48 hrs.

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