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Kerala Govt failed to share cyclone alerts with people

New Delhi Dec 6: The Kerala government was alerted on November 29, a day before Cyclone Ockhi struck, that the sea will get very rough along the Kerala coast, said secretary, ministry of earth sciences, M Rajeevan.

“The officials at the meteorological center in Thiruvananthapuram had also informed those concerned in the state government over the phone,” he added. The first message that the fishermen from Tamil Nadu and south Kerala should not venture out into the sea was given at 11.50 am on November 29. 
Since it was not sent as an ordinary weather report but as a special bulletin, the onus was on the Kerala government to take necessary precautionary measures. The bulletins contained satellite images of the depression. 
The warning messages were conveyed to the chief secretary of Kerala and the secretary of Kerala and the chief administrator of Lakshadweep. Since there were complaints that the Kerala government was not informed on time, union minister of environment, forest and climate change science & technology & earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan, examined the bulletins from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). It also came to light that Sudevan, who is in-charge of the Meteorological department in Thiruvananthapuram, had informed senior officials in the state government over the phone, Malayala Manorama reported.