Dead, 80 Fishermen Missing As Cyclone Ockhi Nears Lakshadweep: 10 Facts

Katrina Barker
Декабря 1, 2017

Four people were killed on Thursday as heavy rains and strong winds lashed southern part of the state after cyclonic storm Ockhi hit the Kerala coast, officials said.

For search and rescue operation in Kanyakumari, the India Coast Guard have deployed 2 offshore patrol vessels in the area.

Cyclone Ockhi warning issued for southern Kerala adjoining districts of Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands
Cyclone Ockhi warning issued for southern Kerala adjoining districts of Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has deployed five ships from Kochi while two are already on standby in Lakshadweep.

According to media reports, seven fishing boats and one local fisherman, who ventured into the sea from Thiruvananthapuram district, earlier this morning, are "missing". The Southern Naval Command deployed four ships and two aircraft based for the search and rescue operations.

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Weathermen have named the storm Ockhi and forecast a lashing for southern and central Kerala as the low pressure system makes for Lakshadweep. Hence, schools in Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur will remain closed today.

Collector K.S. Kandasamy has declared a holiday for schools in Tiruvannamalai district due to heavy rain. Residents have also been asked to stay indoors with the Indian Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. Restrictions are also in place on tourist movement in hilly and coastal regions. Several houses and vehicles were damaged with high velocity winds uprooting trees, electric posts and advertisement hoardings at many places. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea for the next 24 hours.

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Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph very likely along & around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and increase thereafter with wind speeds becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from tonight, the 30th November 2017.

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