Depression not expected to hit Kerala directly: CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Tuesday that at present it has not been predicted that the depression formed south of Kanyakumari and south west of Sri Lanka would directly affect the State.

Pinarayi was speaking to mediapersons after the meeting convened by the government following the Met reports on the formation of a depression.

"Fishermen should not venture into the sea. The government has directed the Coastal taluk control rooms to function 24*7 till March 15. A 45-member team of the National Disaster Management Authority will reach Thrissur on Wednesday morning. Essential directions have been issued to all the central forces that help the NDMA. The NDMA has warned that fishermen from Kerala coast should not venture into the seas till March 15," the chief minister said.

“Officials have been asked to keep ready all coastal shelters. Tehsildars have been asked to keep the keys of the relief shelters. A signal 3 warning has been raised at all ports and harbours. The information regarding the low pressure was received at 9.23 pm on March 10. Subsequently, the State Disaster Management Authority passed the information to all other departments,” he said.

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