Deep depression in Arabian sea; heavy rains to lash Kerala


KSDMA also warned of strong winds in coastal areas and has directed both the public and officials to exercise caution.

Thiruvananthapuram: A depression that formed in the Arabian sea in Lakshadweep–Maldives-Comorin region has intensified into a deep depression, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said.

This deep depression could intensify into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. As a result of the deep depression, several areas of Kerala are likely to experience heavy or very heavy rains in the coming days, KSDMA said.

The depression moving through Lakshadweep will cause winds to reach speeds of 30 to 50 kilometres per hour. Sometimes, the wind-speed could hit 60 kmph. On early Wednesday, the deep depression was located around 390 kms north-east of Maldives and 390 kms away from Minicoy in Lakshadweep.

Kerala does not fall in the path of the deep depression and the likely cyclonic storm. However, fisherfolk have been refrained from venturing into the sea as the deep depression will pass through the sea near Kerala coast.

Fishermen, who have ventured into sea, have been directed to return to shore immediately. The sea is likely to remain rough. KSDMA also warned of strong winds in coastal areas and has directed both the public and officials to exercise caution.

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