Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has stepped up vigil along the coast in the backdrop of reports about the possibility of a strengthening depression south of Kanyakumari. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has ordered the state administration to ensure that no fisherman ventures to the areas deemed to be on the path of a potential storm.
The Met department has warned that the depression formed over the sea southwest of Sri Lanka could intensify in the next 36 hours. The depression could reach the southern Arabian Sea near Maldives and lead to strong winds up to 65 kilometers per hour and waves as high as 3.2 meters.
The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has warned fishermen not to venture out to the southern Indian Ocean west of Sri Lanka and east of Lakshadweep. The advisory will be in effect until Wednesday. The depression is expected to lead to heavy rains in south Kerala, the Met department said.
Attending a top-level meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, Pinarayi ordered to get back all the fishermen already out in the sea. The state government officials said that they were working with the Navy and Coast Guard to deal with the situation.
The chief minister has also asked the Met department and the Kerala Disaster Management Authority to closely monitor the weather changes. He also called upon the civic authorities in the capital city to brace themselves for rain-related problems in the city. A top-level meeting chaired by chief secretary Paul Antony will evaluate the preparedness on Tuesday.
Monday’s meeting was attended by Antony, state police chief Lokanath Behera, revenue additional chief secretary P H Kurian, chief minister’s private secretary M V Jayarajan, principal secretary V S Senthil, secretary M Sivasankar, fisheries principal secretary B Sreenivas, inspector general Manoj Abraham, DIG Shefeen Ahamed, Met director S Sudevan, fisheries director Venkiteshapathi and Disaster Management Authority member secretary Shekhar Kuriakose.