Cyclone Ockhi: Indian Navy deploys ships, aircraft to locate missing fishermen

Posted December 01, 2017

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).

Responding to a request for assistance made by District Collector of Trivandrum, the Indian Navy dispatched its ships and aircrafts in a search and rescue operation.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has deployed five ships from Kochi while two are already on standby in Lakshadweep.

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A defence release issued in Kochi said the Navy had deployed four ships and two aircraft to assist in the search and rescue of fishermen who reportedly went missing in the sea near Vizhinjam. The holiday declared for educational institutions including schools on Friday on account of Milad - e- Sharif has come as a big relief as the met department had predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall during next 24 hours. A tropical depression over the Comorin area has intensified into a cyclonic storm. Hence, schools in Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur will remain closed today. Power supply was badly affected in many parts of the affected districts with KSEB trying to restore the supply till late night.

IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in Lakshadweep and southern parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala till Friday due to the influence of Ockhi (named by Bangladesh).

As cyclone Ockhi continues to ravage Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the second day, eight people have lost their lives and more than 100 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing.

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Squally weather has been forecast for towns along the south Kerala coast with winds up to 55 kmph blowing.

While four people, including a woman were killed in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district, in Kerala, three people died in Thiruvananthapuram and one in Kollam district. Fishermen in the coastal regions were warned to not venture out in the rough sea for the next two days.

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