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Waves batter coastal areas in district

Rough seas battered coastal areas in the district on Wednesday even as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) warned that high swells are likely to lash the Kerala coast till Thursday night.

Nearshore sea will be rough till 11.30 p.m. on Thursday due to the effect of high-period swell waves that could reach heights of 1.7-2.5 metres, INCOIS says. In Thiruvananthapuram district, two houses were partly destroyed in Valiathura by the invading waves.

Shifted to safety

The occupants have shifted to the houses of relatives. The Deputy Collector (Disaster Management) visited the region, even as a warning has been issued that the sea will continue to be rough and more areas may be affected.

Other coastal areas including Shanghumughom and Kadinamkulam also were lashed by high swells on Wednesday. Fishermen have been warned to watch out for squally weather over equatorial Indian Ocean region adjoining the southwest part of Bay of Bengal. A low pressure area is likely to develop over this region by Thursday. The squally weather is likely to cause wind speeds touching gale force by Sunday. Fishermen in deep sea in these areas have been advised to return to the nearest coasts by Saturday.

At coastal Anchuthengu, a man sustained injuries after a wall, battered by the waves, collapsed on him. He was identified as Yesudasan, of Kochumethankadavil.

Source: thehindu.com

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