The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a weather alert that the low pressure formed over the South East Arabian Sea on October 1, is likely to develop into depression.
The Indian Coast Guard formations have been put on high alert, while Indian Coast Guard Dorniers and Indian Coast Guard ships have been deployed off Kerala, Lakshadweep and Minicoy and South Tamil Nadu seas daily since October 1 to broadcast warnings.
Weather warnings are being circulated to fisheries, fishermen associations and local authorities for percolating to fishermen. Fisheries on local broadcast authorities have been advised not to allow fishing boats to venture into seas.
#WATCH: Indian Coast Guard formations have been put on high alert after issuance of warning by IMD regarding formation of low pressure in South East Arabian Sea on 1 October & likely development into depression. (Video source: Indian Coast Guard) pic.twitter.com/Bc4bfCmJGY— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2018
The Indian Coast Guard Remote Operating Stations (ROS) are transmitting weather warnings in local languages on a very high frequency at regular intervals for fishermen.
The Indian Coast Guard disaster response team has been formed in Kochi and Gemini lifeboats have been kept standby for deployment at short notice.
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting was conducted at Kochi and Lakshwadweep with district and union territory administration to assess preparedness and meet any cyclone-related contingency. Specific disaster contingency and preparedness meetings were also held at Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.