IMD warns of adverse weather, Navy on full alert

Kochi: The Indian Navy has put its air and surface assets at Kochi on high alert in view of adverse weather warning issued by India Meteorological Department, a Defence spokesman said Friday.

He said a weather alert on the likely formation of low pressure area over South East Arabian sea and area adjoining Lakshadweep islands by Friday, has been issued by the IMD.

The Indian Navy has taken a number of steps for disseminating the information in various languages – Hindi, English, Malayalam and Tamil – to the local populace and fishermen.

Based on a request by the Fisheries department, the Southern Naval Command has deployed its naval ships and Dornier aircraft deployed off Kerala coast and L&M Islands, to broadcast the weather warning to fishing boats at sea and advise them to return to harbour, he said in a release here.

All efforts are being made for the safety of local fishermen, he said. “All naval assets at Kochi, both air as well as surface, are being maintained at high alert to render any assistance to the state administration and local population in case of any contingency caused due to adverse weather,” he said.

A strict round the clock watch about the development of weather conditions at sea and a close liaison with state disaster management authority for any development at land is being maintained, he added.