Mangaluru cools down under steady drizzle – Times of India

MANGALURU: Steady drizzle from Monday morning brought down temperatures by a few degrees. The evening sky presented chance of good showers at night too.
With IMD predicting development of depression over Southeast Arabian Sea and widespread rainfall with gusty winds likely to continue, district minister U T Khader said the district administration was geared up to face monsoons. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has arrived and is stationed at NMPT.
The minister held discussions on monsoon challenges with officials from the NDRF and Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Regarding sea erosion, he asked officials of Ports and Fisheries department to be on alert and take precautionary measures.
He said that Home Guards should be provided with adequate facilities when used for rescue operations. Khader held discussions with Deputy Commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil on help to be extended to rescuers and asked forest department details on measures to be taken to clear uprooted trees.
IMD stated that squally weather with wind speed reaching 35-45 kmph, is likely to prevail over southwest, southeast, and adjoining east central Arabian sea and Karnataka coasts.
Coast Guard on alert
DIG SS Dasila, commander, Coast Guard Karnataka, has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea during this period. All fishing boats have been directed to return to harbour. Audio recording in Kannada language will be played to warn the fishing boats. He said that all sea units are ready to undertake SAR at short notice and shore units will augment the resources and manpower for assistance to civil authorities. If fishing boats are found in deep sea areas, Coast Guard ship on patrol has been directed to shepherd them to the coast.

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