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Thiruvananthapuram: The low pressure formed in the southeast area of the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression. This has raised cyclone threat in south Kerala.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that the depression has been moving westwards in a speed of 10 kmph for the last 6 hours and intensified into a deep depression. This will further intensify into a cyclone within next 24 hours, it is predicted.
Heavy rain is likely in south Kerala on Wednesday and Thursday. The IMD also predicted that the cyclone will pass Sri Lankan coast by Wednesday evening and reach Kanyakumari coast by Thursday.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) informed that venturing into sea from Kerala coast has been banned till further notice. The ban came into force from Monday midnight and is applicable for all types of fishing vessels.
Those who already ventured into the sea should move to the nearest safe coast immediately. Nobody will be allowed to go to sea until the KSDMA grants permission considering the movement of the cyclone.
IMD informed that very heavy rain is likely in many places in Kerala from December 2 to 4. Extremely heavy rain was predicted in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts on December 3.
The KSDMA directed the government systems to take precautionary measures and urged the public to stay vigilant. The IMD and the KSDMA are observing the movement of the cyclone.