THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The low-pressure formed over Equatorial Indian Ocean has intensified into a deep depression. Due to its impact, Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu will receive heavy rains, thundershowers and squally winds in the next 48 hours, according to the Met the department.
The deep depression is presently centred around 390 km off Thiruvananthapuram coast, it added.
The force of the wind is likely to go up to 60 kmph and the fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off Kerala coast, Lakshadweep area and adjoining the southeast Arabian Sea till Thursday.
Tidal waves up to three metres would be formed due to the impact the depression and asked seafarers and people living along the coast to take necessary precaution. Three number danger signal has been hoisted at all ports in the state.
The state will receive heavy to very heavy rains in the next three days, the IMD added.
Since Ockhi was vivid in the minds of the people and officials, they are leaving no stone unturned to take necessary precautionary measures this time.
The state government on Tuesday started reviewing the readiness of its disaster response machinery.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tasked chief secretary Paul Antony to take stock of the situation in the wake of the weatherman’s warning.
It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a deep depression during next 48 hrs. Warning:Rainfall Rain/ thundershower at many places on 13th – 15th with isolated heavy falls on 13th is very likely over south #TamilNadu.
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) March 13, 2018
After the IMD warning, an emergency meeting was held under the chair of the Chief Secretary and discussed ways to meet the contingency.
Officials of the revenue department, Disaster management force, coastal police and other departments took part in the meeting.