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Depression likely to weaken

15 March 2018, 02:57 | Erica Roy

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The forecast is that the low depression formed in Sri Lanka's South West region may turn into cyclone but the government, based on met department forecast, clarified that Kerala won't get affected by the Cyclone and it may move towards Lakshadweep. However the National Disaster Management Authority had claimed that it had informed the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments about the incoming cyclonic storms and heavy rains. It is expected to reach 300km southwest of Thiruvananthapuram and move northwest to turn into a deep depression in the next 24 hours.

The depression, which is forecast to develop into a deep depression in the next 48 hours, is likely to generate winds with speeds of up to 60 kmph in the state along with thundershowers.

The IMD has advised fishermen not to put out to sea off the Kerala coast, the Lakshadweep area and southeast Arabian sea till Thursday.

Rain arrived as a depression in deep sea near Sri Lanka transformed into a deep depression.

The agency warned fishermen and residents against venturing into the sea off the coasts southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts and the equatorial Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mannar, and Lakshadweep region.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Monday, ordered the state administration to ensure that fishers to not go to the seas until it is declared safe. "Warnings have been issued that under no circumstances should fishermen venture out into the sea till March 15", Vijayan told the reporters on Tuesday. Schools were exams are being held will be spared.

Fishermen in Thiruvananthapuram, who have not set out to sea for the last six days due to rough conditions, urged the government to provide them assistance as their livelihood has been affected.

There are 36 boats and 382 fish workers from Kerala at Kalpani Island.

Lakshadweep authorities reported to have done all necessary precautionary measures.

"We are in constant touch with the weather and disaster management offices".

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