Deep depression: Kerala coast on alert

Depression over southeast Arabian sea Kerala's southern coast warned of heavy rains

Squally winds with speeds reaching 45-55 kmph are likely to hit the southern coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala during the next few days.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said alert in the state in connection with the depression was extended till Thursday in the wake of the IMD updates. The ruling LDF government, criticised for its alleged late response to the cyclone, has already taken emergency measures, sending SOS messages to the coast to prevent fishermen from going out to sea. The well marked low pressure in the Indian Ocean has now intensified into a depression and moved to the South East Arabian sea. The government has directed the Coastal taluk control rooms to function 24*7 till March 15.

A high alert has been sounded in south Kerala after a low-pressure area over the Indian ocean intensified into a "deep low pressure" and lay anchored 391 km off the Thiruvananthapuram coast. Forecast indicates rain or thundershower at many places on Tuesday and isolated heavy showers are expected over south Kerala on March 14 and across Kerala on March 15. 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 warning would be apply for along and off the rest of Kerala on Thursday.

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has re-issued its warning to fishermen against venturing into the sea.

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. Cyclone Ockhi also raised questions about the government's preparedness to deal with major natural calamities.

This would almost make for a playback of the situation evolving in November last that culminated in the development of very severe cyclone Ockhi over Lakshadweep and neighbourhood.



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