Disaster Relief Forces Save Stranded 75 Fishermen in Cyclone Ockhi

Disaster Relief Forces Save Stranded 75 Fishermen in Cyclone Ockhi

Two Coast Guard Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels, Two Interceptor Boats and Aircraft pressed have been deployed for Search & Rescue operations by Indian CoastGuard. An official release said over 1,200 persons affected by the heavy rain in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts, have been lodged in relief camps. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 400 fishermen stranded in the sea were rescued so far by the defence teams while the search and rescue for the rest of the missing fishermen continues in earnest.

Chief minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the victims, an official release said. He said a total of 529 families were sheltered across 30 relief camps.

Earlier, Cyclone Ockhi which created massive destruction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is now moving towards Lakshwadeep Islands. In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea.

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Chennai: Heavy rains continued to batter coastal areas of Kerala and south Tamil Nadu, crippling normal life, even as Cyclone Ockhi lay centered about 80km north-northeast of Minicoy in Lakshadweep.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, "The very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea moved further west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during the past 6 hours", quotes India Today.

The depression in Southwest Bay of Bengal had snowballed into the cyclonic storm- Ockhi.

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