New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Deputy Director General on Sunday warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall over the southern states- Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the next 24 hours. Following the intimation, Coast Guard has asked ships and disaster response teams to remain on high alert.

The IMD in its bulletin read, ”Squally winds speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph are very likely over Lakshadweep area and southeast and adjoining east-central the Arabian Sea, west-central and adjoining south-west the Arabian Sea, south-east and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal and Andaman Islands. Rough to very rough Sea Conditions are likely to prevail over above-mentioned areas. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas. Those who are out at Sea over the Bay of Bengal are advised to return to the coast.”

RMD Deputy Director General S Balachandran said, “A new low pressure has formed North of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Southeast of the Bay of Bengal. This is expected to further intensify into a depression and move towards the Odisha coast in the next 72 hours.”

The Coast Guard has also deployed Dorniers ships and its other formations have been put on high alert after issuance of warning by IMD regarding the formation of low pressure in South East Arabian Sea since October 1 and likely development into depression.

The Coast Guard ships deployed off Tamil Nadu seas will continue to broadcast warnings on VHF and have also advised fishermen at sea to return to the shore.