Tracking Cyclone Ockhi in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

03 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
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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.

In a joint operation launched by disaster relief forces and Indian Navy, 75 stranded fishermen were brought safely at Chennai.

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Two Coast Guard Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels, Two Interceptor Boats and Aircraft pressed have been deployed for Search & Rescue operations by Indian CoastGuard.

In his letter, Stalin, also Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, urged her to direct the Coast Guard to search and rescue "thousands of fishermen fighting for their lives in the mid sea, so as to prevent further loss of lives due to the Ockhi cyclone".

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Chief Minister K Palaniswami made the request as he discussed the situation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. An official release said over 1,200 persons affected by the heavy rain in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts, have been lodged in relief camps. But a low pressure formed near Lakshadweep intensified into a cyclonic storm Thursday afternoon, springing a surprise to both authorities and people.

In Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, heavy rains and gusty winds uprooted 579 trees, it said, adding, efforts are on to remove them.

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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.

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