Cyclone Ockhi moves away; 96 fishermen still missing

  • Cyclone Ockhi moves away; 96 fishermen still missing

Cyclone Ockhi moves away; 96 fishermen still missing

An India Met Department (IMD) department bulletin said it is likely to move west-northwestwards across Lakshadweep, before turning northeast in the following 48 hours. "Fishermen around Lakshadweep and Kerala Coasts are advised not to venture into the sea during the next 24 hours", said IMD director S Sudevan.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday rounded up her two-day visit to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala struck by Cyclone Ockhi, saying the rescue operations will continue till the last fisherman stranded in the deep seas, is rescued and brought ashore.

Till date, the havoc wreaked by the cyclone claimed 25 lives in Kerala, including 12 on Sunday. Accordingly, all coastal states and sea going community have been issued advisory by coast guard to take precaution against the weather conditions expected in coming days.

The intensity of the cyclone is likely to weaken on Monday and subsequently on Tuesday.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Coast Guard informed that the cyclone has moved towards Lakshadweep islands and intensified into "severe cyclonic storm" with wind reaching up to speed of 60 to 70 km.

Tamil Nadu State Revenue Control Room has said a total of 690 people have been rescued so far.

Rescue teams from Kerala and Tamil Nadu stepped up efforts on Saturday to trace fishermen reported missing after Cyclone Ockhi, even as protests continued in coastal areas over the tardy response of government agencies. "There are indications that low-lying areas may see a water surge intermittently at Kollam, Alappuzha, Kochi, Ponnani, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod", said KSDMA officials.

In a series of meetings, the NCMC took stock of the situation in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep, an official said today. In the eastern seaboard region, the release said, nine ships and two aircrafts were taking up search and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, The Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force are engaged in rescue operations with their ships, aircraft and helicopters.