The sea during this time will be "rough to very rough" around the area as well as in Lakshadweep. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sent out instructions to the authorities to keep fishermen off the sea until Thursday.
Three months after Cyclone Ockhi ravaged Kerala coast, the state government on Tuesday warned fishermen not to venture into the seas for the next 48 hours as depression in the Arabian Sea has deepened further. The well marked low pressure in the Indian Ocean has now intensified into a depression and moved to the South East Arabian sea.More news: Has $3.17 Million Position in Northrop Grumman Co. (NOC)
The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in an evening bulletin, said the depression adjoining the equatorial Indian Ocean had moved north-northwestward and lay centred about 360 km southeast of Minicoy, 280 km south-southwest of Thiruvananthapuram and 320 km east-northeast of Male.
The sea will turn rough in this period and therefore fishermen have been warned from going out, IMD said. Control rooms in coastal taluks will function till Thursday.More news: PM Narendra Modi says India aims to eradicate Tuberculosis by 2025
Heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected to hit south Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshwadeep from 13 to 15 March. 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. He said the warning for fishermen will be in force till 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 previous year, claiming the lives of several fishermen and leaving many missing. 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 BJP had also accused the LDF government of failure to protect its fishermen "despite early warning" about the cyclone.More news: Kwiatkowski wins Tirreno-Adriatico, Dennis takes final stage