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Cyclone Ockhi: More than 80 fishermen goes missing

01 December 2017, 06:37 | Myrtle Vega

Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN

Cyclone Ockhi ICG rescues 79 stranded fishermen in Kerala

Ockhi is likely to gather strength in the next 24 hours to become a severe cyclonic storm as it moves towards the Lakshadweep Islands, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). "Spoke to @India Coast Guard Commandant who admits his vessels have so far been inadequate for search and rescue but 2 bigger vessels on their way".

Five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi and two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep.

Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted; "Some 450 Kerala fishermen on 80 boats missing at sea since last night". Kochi and Tuticorin have also deployed two Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December. Several districts including Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Kollam reported heavy rainfall and falling of trees resulting in disruption to traffic.

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The Thiruvananthapuram-Trichy (22628) train have been cancelled between Thiruvananthapuram and Tirunelveli.

The Chennai collector has declared a holiday for schools across the city in view of the heavy rainfall warning from the MeT department. Several houses and vehicles were damaged with high velocity winds uprooting trees, electric posts and advertisement hoardings at many places. Restrictions are also in place on tourist movement in hilly and coastal regions. Heavy to very heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected under the influence of cyclonic storm Ockh.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and army are awaiting distress call to serve as heavy rains and winds are expected to continue for the next 12 hours. Fishermen in the southern part of these states have also been advised not to venture into sea for 24 hours.



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