Storm cast over Arabian Sea: likely to drift towards Maharashtra,Orange Alert for Kerala's Idukki

The Indian Meterological Department on Saturday issued an information that a low preassure area over Arabian sea is about to intensify into Depression in the next 48 hours.

The IMD in it's daily bulletin,asserted
'A low preassure area would form over South-east central Arabian Sea during the next 48 hours with the possibility of further intensification and is to move north-west drifiting towards Gujrat and North Maharashtra till june 3.'

The occurence arrived almost ten days after the devastating cyclone 'Amphan' hammered four districts of West Bengal. The cyclone in the region left 86 people dead and the disaster it caused, left many people homeless.

In order to classify cyclones based on their intensity, IMD uses it's eight category scale upon which the first two levels are 'low preassure area' and 'depression'. The Department also said that monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala by June 1. Taking action over this prescient activity, Kerala's Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan has completly banned fishing in the state.

While interacting with media yesterday, Vijayan said, "India Meterological Department has informed that southwest monsoon will arrive in kerala coast by the first week of june. The state will receive rainfall in the next five days. Fishing in kerala coast and the south west Arabian sea is to be completely banned from tonight.'

The IMD has also issued an orange alert for Kerala's Idukki district which is very likely to receive heavy rainfall (upto 20.4 cm in 24 hours), according to the weather agency report. The orange colour code, in IMD's jargon, calls for the public to transfer to 'Alert' (Be preapared) mode. On saturday, 9 districts in kerala also received 'Yellow Alert' indicating heavy rainfall in the region : Thiruvanantpuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kozhikode and Kannur.

Moreover, the IMD on Friday, underlined, "The well marked low preassure area lies over West Central Arabian sea with associated cyclonic circulation."