Cyclone Ockhi toll rises to 12, over 1200 moved to camps

  • Cyclone Ockhi toll rises to 12, over 1200 moved to camps

Cyclone Ockhi toll rises to 12, over 1200 moved to camps

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday said that the state did not receive alert on the Cyclone Ockhi that has been battering the Kerala coast since Thursday morning.

The well-marked low pressure area over the north Sumatra coast and adjoining South Andaman sea persists along with cyclonic circulation. An official release said over 1,200 persons affected by the heavy rain in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts, have been lodged in relief camps.

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government today requested the Centre to deploy helicopters of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for the search and rescue of missing fishermen, mostly from Kanyakumari, in the wake of cyclone Ockhi. Dozens of fishermen were rescued Friday from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi. However, the CM pointed out the non-cooperation by the fishermen had been hampering rescue efforts. Earlier, The Tamil Nadu government said it will soon seek central funds for the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi in the southern parts of the state, with Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts being the worst hit.

More than 530 fishermen stranded in choppy waters have been rescued off Kerala state and the Lakshadweep islands, said Pinyari Viayan, Kerala's top elected official.

The cyclone, with gusts of up to 175 kilometres (110 miles) per hour, is expected to weaken on Monday after recurving in the Arabian Sea, according to India's Meteorological Department.