Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Low depression intensifies: Cyclone warning along Kerala coast

Low depression intensifies: Cyclone warning along Kerala coast

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.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for a high-level meeting of several senior officials, including chief secretary Paul Antony, state police chief Lokanath Behera, fisheries principal secretary B Sreenivas, Meteorological Department director S Sudevan, The News Minute reported.

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. "We have been informed that the depression has deepened and it is now 390 km south-southeast of Thiruvananthapuram coast", read CM's Facebook post.

The IMD on Tuesday said that the depression over southeast Arabian Sea adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 20 kmph. All coastal taluk control rooms will work round the clock till March 15 and coastal relief shelters will be open.

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Rainfall is forecast at a few places in Lakshadweep today and at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places tomorrow and until Thursday.

"The India Meteorological Department has said a depression has been formed about 350 km from Thiruvananthapuram and it could very likely move north-westwards and intensify further into a deep depression". The warning would be apply for along and off the rest of Kerala on Thursday.

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 a year ago, claiming the lives of several fishermen and leaving many missing. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has advised fishermen in the region to exercise caution as the sea is expected to be extremely rough. Cyclone Ockhi also raised questions about the government's preparedness to deal with major natural calamities.

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