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Kallakkadal Impact on Kerala & Southern Tamil Nadu



  May 01, 2024

Kallakkadal: Impact on Kerala and Southern Tamil Nadu



1. What is the Kallakkadal Phenomenon?

The Kallakkadal Phenomenon refers to an unexpected, sudden swell of the sea that results in rough and dangerous waves. This term originates from a local description likening the swell to a sea that comes stealthily like a thief.

2. What causes the Kallakkadal Phenomenon?

This phenomenon is typically caused by strong winds in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. These winds can create swell surges suddenly, without clear indications or prior warnings, leading to the unexpected rough seas.

3. Which areas are affected by the Kallakkadal Phenomenon?

The coastal regions of Kerala and the southern parts of Tamil Nadu in India are currently affected by this phenomenon. These areas are likely to experience rough seas and swells until the time specified in the alerts.

4. What should residents and fishermen do during the Kallakkadal Phenomenon?

Residents and fishermen are advised to:

• Avoid trips to the beach and sea-related activities.

• Safely moor fishing vessels in the harbor.

• Maintain a safe distance between boats to prevent collisions.

• Follow all safety guidelines and stay away from designated danger zones as instructed by authorities.

5. How long will the Kallakkadal Phenomenon last?

The current alerts are effective until 11:30 pm on the specified Monday. However, residents should stay updated with INCOIS and local weather service announcements for any extensions or changes in the situation.

6. Where can I get updates about the Kallakkadal Phenomenon?

Updates can be obtained from the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), which issues weather warnings and safety instructions. It’s also advisable to monitor local news outlets and government announcements.

By staying informed and adhering to these guidelines, individuals in the affected areas can better ensure their safety and minimize potential risks associated with the Kallakkadal phenomenon.




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