Thiruvananthapuram: Bringing relief from the scorching summer heat, rain has lashed Kerala. Several districts experienced moderate rain on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
The Meteorological department on Wednesday warned that the depression formed over southeast Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a deep depression in the next 24 hours.
Rain or thundershowers are likely over south Tamil Nadu while Kerala will see isolated heavy rain over Kerala till Thursday, according to an IMD bulletin.
Rain arrived as a depression in deep sea near Sri Lanka transformed into a deep depression.
The IMD had forecast that the deep depression will pass through Kerala and Lakshadweep. Though it is unlikely to turn into a cyclone, there could be strong winds and high waves in the sea and rain accompanied by winds across Kerala.
The state government had sounded an alert after the forecast by the IMD. Lakshadweep is likely to experience heavy rain while Kerala may also witness the effects of the depression.
Squally winds with speeds reaching 65 kmph were likely over Comorin-Maldives area, south Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the IMD bulletin said.
The wind velocity may go up to 75kmph in Lakshadweep. Fishermen in Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been warned against venturing into the sea. The bulletin also warns about the likelihood of high waves.
The IMD had confirmed by Tuesday afternoon that the depression will turn into a deep depression. It is expected to reach 300km southwest of Thiruvananthapuram and move northwest to turn into a deep depression in the next 24 hours. The winds will reach a velocity of 65kmph and waves will be in the range of 3.8 metres above average.
» The state disaster management authority has warned fishermen from venturing into the sea.
» Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked district collectors to set up relief camps along coastal areas. Schools were exams are being held will be spared.
» Danger signal no.3 will be hoisted at all ports.
» KSEB has been asked to pitch in in case of an emergency.
» The coastal taluk control rooms will have to function 24x7 till Thursday.
» The coast guard has deployed six ships and four aircraft to bring back boats that are already out in the sea for fishing. Forty-one boats from Kerala have sought shelter in Lakshadweep, with 36 boats with 382 workers docking at Kalpeni island and five boats in Bitra. The authorities in Lakshadweep has informed that fishermen from Kollam and Kochi were in the boat. A few boats have taken shelter in Goa too.
» Beypore-Lakshadweep ship and boat services have been stopped.
» DGP Loknath Behra has said that police personnel are ready for any eventuality.
» An extra company of the national disaster management force has reached Thrissur.