Heavy rains, winds hit southern Kerala

Heavy rains, winds hit southern Kerala

Heavy rains, winds hit southern Kerala

TN State Disaster Management Agency said that the depression is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.

Responding to a request for assistance made by District Collector of Trivandrum, the Indian Navy dispatched its ships and aircrafts in a search and rescue operation.

Five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi and two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep.

According to media reports, seven fishing boats and one local fisherman, who ventured into the sea from Thiruvananthapuram district, earlier this morning, are "missing". The Navy has deployed ships for search and rescue operations. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December.

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The Railways issued the notice cancelling the trains following the high alert issued by the India Meteorological Department. A holiday has been declared for schools. Power lines were also disrupted in many places.

Southern Kerala on Thursday afternoon was lashed by heavy rain and strong winds, causing trees to be uprooted at several places in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts that blocked traffic.

Heavy winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts.

Besides Chennai, the authorities have closed schools Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur for the day. The Met Centre advised fishermen in Kerala and Tamil Nadu against venturing into the sea following forecast of squally weather with wind speed reaching 65 kmph to 85 kmph along the coast. "Due to this heavy rains are expected in southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala", the IMD said in a statement.

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