Heavy rainfall predicted in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu, fishermen advised caution

Heavy rainfall predicted in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu, fishermen advised caution

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.

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.

The sea will turn rough in this period and therefore fishermen have been warned from going out, IMD said.

The IMD has forecast rain or thundershower at many places from today to Thursday over South Tamil Nadu with isolated heavy falls very likely today.

According to media reports, the Kerala government has already issued advanced warning to the fishermen and asked coastal villages to be on alert. "It will die down after 15th of March after which the fishermen can resume fishing", said director of the Indian Meteorological Department S Sudevan.

The system overlooks an area including Equatorial Indian Ocean, South Sri Lanka, and Maldives and the Comorin region, extending into adjoining South-East Arabian Sea.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Paul Antony, directed District Collectors to arrange relief camps for relocation of families from vulnerable areas of the coast. However the National Disaster Management Authority had claimed that it had informed the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments about the incoming cyclonic storms and heavy rains.

The weather department has warned that wind speed will vary between 40 to 60 kmph. Cyclone Ockhi also raised questions about the government's preparedness to deal with major natural calamities.

The State government, which was criticized for the alleged late response when cyclone Ockhi battered the state a few months ago, has started taking emergency measures.

It is very likely to move initially west-northwestwards and then northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over the southeast Arabian Sea (Maldives area) during the next 36 hours.

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