Deep depression alert in seas off Kerala in near 'Ockhi' playback

Depression Over South Arabian Sea; Heavy Rains Likely in Coastal Cities: MeT Department

Met issues depression warning off Kerala coast, fishermen warned

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. Cyclone storm warning signal 3 has been hoisted at all ports and harbours across the state.

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 secretary has called an urgent meeting to take stock of the situation.

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

After cyclone Ockhi ravaged the southern coast, fishermen claimed that they were not given any warning by the state fisheries department. A central team of officials will arrive in Kerala by Wednesday, he said. Surface winds will be in the range of 60 to 80 kmph, KSDMA member secretary and State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) head scientist Sekhar Kuriakose told TOI.

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

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.

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

A weather bulletin issued by the IMD said squally winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting up to 65 kmph were likely over the Comorin area, south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala coast in the next 24 hours.

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. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and intensify into a deep depression during next 48 hrs. Officials have been asked to be ready and, if necessary, coastal relief shelters would be opened at short notice.

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