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Ker sounds alert for fishermen as low pressure intensifies

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The government today sounded an alert along its coast in view of a well marked low pressure over the Indian Ocean, asking officials to ensure return of fishermen engaged in deep-sea fishing.

The decision to issue the alert was taken at a meeting chaired by here, an official release said.

The low pressure was likely to intensify into a depression, the said.

The alert comes in the backdrop of Ochki cyclone that hit the coasts of the state, neighbouring Tamil Nadu and union territory of Lakshadweep in November-December last year, claiming the lives of several fishermen and leaving many missing.

The government had then faced the ire of fishermen community over the handling of the situation. The BJP had also accused the of failure to protect its fishermen "despite early warning" about the cyclone.

The meeting today expressed satisfaction over the steps taken so far to face any situation in the event of any disaster, a release from the said.

Vijayan directed the concerned authorities to ensure that fishermen from deep sea were brought back to shore.

Officials said services of the and had been sought to bring back the fishermen from deep sea.

According to the Meteorological department, yesterdays low pressure area over equatorial and adjoining southwest and south coast now lies as a well marked low pressure area over Equatorial and adjoining south and Maldives-Comorin area.

It is very likely to move initially west-northwestwards and then northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over the southeast (area) during the next 36 hours.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:50 IST