Several houses damaged in sea erosion, rain

Love-hate affair with the shore:The coastal areas of the State have been witnessing rough sea for some days . A scene from Kulathumpadam, near Eravipuram, in Kollam on Wednesday.— Photo: C. Suresh Kumar  

Heavy rain lashed large parts of the State on Wednesday under the influence of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, even as the India Meteorological Department announced that the southwest monsoon had advanced into the Andaman sea, prior to its predicted onset over Kerala by the first week of June.

Several houses were damaged in heavy rain and coastal erosion. As many as 315 houses were damaged in Thiruvananthapuram and 776 persons shifted to relief camps. The total loss in the district has been put at Rs.21 lakh.

In Alappuzha, eight houses were destroyed and 61 damaged. The district administration relocated 197 families in Cherthala taluk and 19 in Alappuzha to relief camps. In Thrissur, four houses were destroyed and 15 damaged. One relief camp has been opened to accommodate five persons.

Advisory to fishermen

The deep depression which lay centred off Nellore in Andhra Pradesh (AP) is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm moving off the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha over the next 48 hours. The IMD has issued a warning of isolated heavy rainfall (exceeding 7 cm) over Kerala till the morning of May 20.

Squally winds are likely along and off Kerala coast and Lakshadweep during the next two days. Fishermen have been advised not to venture out to sea during the next 24 hours.

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has issued an alert for high waves (2 to 2.9 m) along the Kerala coast till May 20.

Coastal police have been asked to remain alert and respond to emergencies.

According to a bulletin issued by the IMD, the southwest monsoon advanced into some parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, entire South Andaman sea and the Nicobar islands and some parts of the north Andaman sea on Wednesday.


It said conditions were favourable for the further advance of the monsoon into more parts of the Bay of Bengal, Andaman islands and remaining parts of the north Andaman sea during the next three to four days.

The southwest monsoon advances over the Andaman sea usually around May 20 with a standard deviation of about one week. The formation of a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal which later intensified into a deep depression set the stage for the advancement of the monsoon over the Andaman sea close to its normal date. Past data suggest that there is no association of the date of monsoon advance over the Andaman sea, either with the date of the onset over the mainland or the seasonal monsoon rainfall over the country.

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