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Cyclone Gaja impact: Kerala fishermen warned as state to receive very heavy rainfall over the weekend
With the 'Gaja' cyclone over coastal Tamil Nadu continuing to move westwards, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the Arabian Sea along and off the Kerala coast from Friday evening.
The sea condition is very rough and the fishermen of Coastal Andhra Pradesh have been warned against venturing into the sea.
ccording to the Indian Meteorological Department, rainfall is forecast for districts of South Interior Karnataka including Bengaluru for three to four days, starting Thursday.
Heavy rains would occur at isolated places over South Tamil Nadu, including Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli, said IMD.
India has come a long way in weather forecasting, said Harsha Vardhan, the Union minister for Science and Technology, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, here on Friday.
Speaking after inaugurating the Cyclone Warning Centre, he said weather prediction involves probabilities and no organisation can give accurate forecasts every single time.
IMD director general K J Ramesh said the government weather agency is in the process of introducing impact-based forecast systems and risk-based warning mechanism for all coastal districts.
In the wake of the IMD’s warning, the fishers who ventured into the sea were forced to return, while the hotel industry witnessed a huge number of booking cancellations.
In a letter to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the state government stated the IMD has only a “few automated rain gauges in Kerala and it gathers daily rain data from just about 68 stations.
Palaniswami advised District Collectors to ensure that fishermen return from sea by Friday (Oct 5) and take measures to see that fishermen do not venture out into the sea from Saturday.
The meteorological department has said the onset of the monsoon is likely on October 8 in view of the favourable conditions.
The Fisheries Department has notified the fishermen about the red alert and urged the fishing boats to return to the shore immediately.
The high temperature which is being recorded across the State is going to continue for a week more, weathermen from Indian Meteorological Department said.
Following a heavy rainfall warning by the IMD, a yellow alert has been issued in Idukki and Pathanamthitta for Tuesday.
It is likely the Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) will be providing the Kerala government with the requisite data.