Dead, 80 Fishermen Missing As Cyclone Ockhi Nears Lakshadweep: 10 Facts

Trevor Jackson
December 1, 2017

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said the cyclonic storm Ockhi has intensified into severe cyclone and lies at about 110 kilometer northeast of island Minicoy and likely to cross Lakshadweep during next 24 hours.

Meanwhile Defence PRO Dhanya Sanal K confirmed that four ships of Indian Navy and 2 ships of Indian Coast Guard have already been deployed for the rescue operations. The Southern Naval Command has deployed Naval ships "Shardul", "Nireekshak", "Kabra" and "Kalpeni" and two aircraft based on the request received from the Thiruvananthapuram Collector for assistance. The Navy has deployed ships for search and rescue operations. It is also gearing up for Humanitarian Assistance that may be required due to the storm.

Weathermen have named the storm Ockhi and forecast a lashing for southern and central Kerala as the low pressure system makes for Lakshadweep.

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At least four trains connecting Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam and Nagercoil/Kanyakumari were cancelled and others rescheduled. Power lines were also disrupted in many places. Residents have also been asked to stay indoors with the Indian Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.

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. Sea would be very rough to high over and around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and high to very high during subsequent 48 hours, it added. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off south Kerala coast.

Heavy winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts.

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