Cyclone alert for Kerala coast: Heavy rain, strong winds likely

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

The met department has warned of strong rain and gale along Kerala coast within the next 36 hours as a low depression area was spotted in the south of Kanyakumari and South of Sri Lanka. The Kerala government has already issued advanced warning to the fishermen and asked coastal villages to be on alert.

The IMD made it clear that the depression is likely to transform into a deep depression and move northwestwards in the next 48 hours. It is of 5 degrees' latitude and 76 degrees' longitude.

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 meeting chaired by the Chief Minister chose to seek the help of the Coast Guard and Navy to help stranded fishermen return to land.

At 11.30 am the depression was about 420 km southeast of Minicoy, 350 km south-southwest of Thiruvananthapuram and 290 km east-northeast of Male (Maldives).

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The Chief Minister also called for a top level meeting to be attended by authorities such as chief secretary Paul Antony, state police chief Lokanath Behera, fisheries principal secretary B Sreenivas, Met director S Sudevan and other officials.

Rainfall is forecast at a few places in Lakshadweep today and at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places tomorrow and until Thursday. While it is not expected to move further north, the depression is likely to cause very heavy rainfall in southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

According to weather bloggers, this is the first depression over Arabian sea during the month of March in over 125 years.

A special bulletin issued by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has forecast high waves in the range of 2.5m to 3.1m along the Kerala coast from Vizhinjam to Kasaragod upto Wednesday.

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