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Fishing near the coastal region of Kerala will be suspended till May 17. The state disaster management authority (SDMA) announced in the wake of a low-pressure area over the Southeast Arabian Sea and the adjacent Lakshadweep area which is assumed to turn into a cyclonic storm by May 16.

The storm which is named “Tauktae” will be the first cyclonic storm of 2021. Officials from the region reported that a fisherman from the coastal town of Anchuthengu from Thiruvananthapuram district got struck with lightning and died while fishing on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also has warned fishermen against venturing into the sea adding that the state will experience heavy rainfall in the next few days.

An official tweet from the CM’s office said “Extremely heavy rainfall has been predicted in the next few days by the IMD. Yellow and Orange alerts have been issued in several districts from May 14-16.”

Yellow alerts have been issued in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram and Malappuram. Other cities like Kollam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, and Pathanamthitta districts have been put under orange alert.

Chief Minister Vijayan has requested everyone to follow guidelines issued by the Kerala SDMA. The state disaster management authority has asked the people who live in the coastal areas and the landslide zones to maintain precautions.

Authorities will be opening relief Camps in adherence to all the coronavirus disease protocols. The SDMA has advised people not to travel to high range (hilly areas) during the nighttime.

As the cyclonic storm might besmirch the planned structure of the Kerala government’s initiatives regarding covid-19, disrupting oxygen supply due to blocked electricity supply in the storm.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written a letter to Prime minister Modi asking for 300 MT of Oxygen to Kerala from the nearest storage points to increase the storage of the essential gas in hospitals that are treating Covid-19.