Thiruvananthapuram: During a press meet held after the cabinet meet here Wednesday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that his government had not received advance warnings on the arrival of Cyclone Ockhi that wreaked havoc along the southern coastal districts of the state.
“No warning was received on November 28. An alert asking fishermen not to venture out to the sea was issued at 2.30 pm on November 29. The cyclone alert was received only at 12 pm on November 30,” the CM explained.
“The state government did nor receive any warning via email or phone call. The IMD website carried an alert asking fishermen not to venture out to sea,” he added.
Heavy rain and strong winds, triggered by Cyclone Ockhi, had battered the coastal villages, and many fishermen, who had ventured out into the sea, were yet to return.
A controversy had erupted after the IMD and the ministry of earth sciences said that the Kerala government was warned on November 29, a day before Ockhi struck Kerala coast.