Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kerala alert for fishermen as low pressure intensifies

Kerala alert for fishermen as low pressure intensifies

The depression over southeast Arabian Sea adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean has moved towards north-northwestwards with a speed of about 20 kmph.

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.

The department has forecast isolated heavy rainfall and thundershower in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and Lakshadweep till Thursday.

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 sea will turn rough in this period and therefore fishermen have been warned from going out, the agency said. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sent out instructions to the authorities to keep fishermen off the sea until Thursday.

At a meeting called by KSDMA on Tuesday, district collectors were directed to take control of coastal relief shelters and raise Signal 3 in ports and harbours.

Though the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) has alerted that the low pressure has the potential of cyclone genesis Low to Moderate in 24 to 72 hours, IMD and KSDMA scientists have made it clear that cyclone is not predicted as yet. The IMD has also warned of rough seas with waves likely to climb of up to 3 metre high. It said squally winds with speeds reaching 45-55 kph and gusting to 65 kph was likely over Comorin area and along and off south Tamil Nadu, south Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts in the next 48 hours.

He asked all fishermen who ventured into the sea before the warning came into force to return immediately. "It will die down after 15th of March after which the fishermen can resume fishing", said director of the Indian Meteorological Department S Sudevan.

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