Kerala, Oct 7 : Indian Coast Guard formations have been put on high alert after issuance of warning by IMD regarding formation of low pressure in South East Arabian Sea on 1 October and likely development into depression.
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“It is expected that depression will move towards Odisha coast in next 3 days. Under this influence, there will be a very good rainfall activity over Tamil Nadu ,S Balachandran, MET Deputy Director General on red alert by IMD, said.
There is a depression over southeast Arabian Sea which is expected to become cyclone during next 24 hrs&move north westward. In north Andaman Sea&adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal,low pressure area is formed: S Balachandran, MET Dy Director General on red alert by IMD.#TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/JOCM8DquHf
— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2018
Indian Coast Guard Dorniers and ships have been deployed off Kerala,L&M and south Tamil Nadu seas to broadcast warnings on VHF and advise fishermen at sea to return to harbor.
Two Indian Coast Guard disaster response teams formed at Kochi and Gemini life boats kept on stand by for deployment at short notice
Heavy rains are predicted in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Sunday. According to IMD, the depression is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and move northwestwards towards South Oman and adjoining Yemen coasts during the next five days. Following the IMD’s cyclonic forecast, Kerala state disaster management and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has opened a special cell coordination.
Shutters of 14 dams have been opened to avoid floods. The water level in Idukki — the largest reservoir in Kerala was 2387.68 ft as on Friday evening against the full reservoir level of 2403 ft.
Southern states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall , the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said .
According to the Met Department, interior places of Karnataka and coastal region of Andhra Pradesh are also likely to see heavy rains.
Shutters of 14 dams have been opened to avoid floods downstream. Water at 100 cubic per second will be discharged from Idamalayar dam from Saturday. The water level in Idukki — the largest reservoir in Kerala — was 2387.68 ft as on Friday evening against the full reservoir level of 2403 ft.
Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and gusty winds is expected at isolated places over Konkan and Goa, Maharashtra, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh, in addition to Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The IMD stated that very heavy rainfall is expected in Lakshadweep and has advised the fishermen not to venture into seas.
“Rough to very rough sea conditions are likely to prevail over south and central Arabian Sea,” it said in a statement.
Kerala recently faced devastating floods that hit the state from May-end to mid-August claiming nearly 480 lives.