Gusty wind likely on Kerala coast; fisherfolk warned not to venture into sea

The Disaster Management Authority directed the people to stay alert as lightning and gusty wind continue in the state.

Thiruvananthapuram: The meteorological centre has predicted gusty wind at a speed of 45-55 kmph from north west direction in Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts. Gusty wind at a speed of 65-75 kmph is predicted in Kanyakumari area and Gulf of Mannar.

Considering this, the fisherfolk have been warned not to venture into the sea. The meteorological centre also warned that the alert message should be followed strictly as there is an impact of Cyclone Amphen.

Earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department had warned of rain accompanied with lightning and sudden gusty wind at various places in the state from May 18 to 22. A yellow alert was issued in Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts on Tuesday.

The Disaster Management Authority directed the people to stay alert as lightning and gusty wind continue in the state. Meanwhile, the Met Department informed that heavy rain and gusty wind at a speed of 30-40 kmph is likely to experience at various places in the state till May 22.

The fisherfolk have been warned to be cautious and not to be hit by lightning during their work. During lightning, small fishing boats are riskier and the fishermen are advised to sit in the boat rather than stand up. In larger boats, they should avoid standing in the deck. The communication devices of the fisherfolk should be kept safe during lightning.

Safety guidelines during gusty wind and rain

  • Avoid standing under trees and on house terrace during rain and wind. Also do not park vehicles under trees.

  • Avoid standing and parking vehicles near flex boards, hoardings, electric posts and flag poles during rain.

  • People dwelling in thatched roof houses or other unsafe shelters should contact authorities in the number 1077. They should move to relief camps if authorities ask them.

  • Close windows and doors in houses when wind begins and avoid standing near windows and doors.

  • Inform KSEB control room number 1912 or disaster management authority control number 1077 on seeing any broken electric post or lines.

  • Newspaper or milk suppliers should be cautious about broken power lines when they start work in the early hours.

  • Farm workers also should ensure no power lines are lying in the waterlogged paths.

  • Construction workers should move to safe places during heavy rain and wind.

  • Chop down overgrown branches of trees in compounds to ensure safety.

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