Cyclone Ockhi: 4 killed in Tamil Nadu; Kerala on high alert

Marie Harrington
December 1, 2017

In Tamil Nadu, trees were uprooted and and people in low-lying areas were evacuated to safer places and relief camps. Navy, coast guard, air force and local police have launched a massive operation to rescue them.

At least five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi, two ships on standby in Lakshadweep, and two ICG ships each deployed from Kochi and Tuticorin, for search and rescue operation.

Thus, the system will give heavy rains over parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai as well as Kerala and some parts of Karnataka between December 3 and 7.

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The navy has deployed four ships and two aircraft to assist in the search and rescue of fishermen onboard six boats and a marine engineering vessel reported to be missing near Vizhinjam. It is also gearing up for Humanitarian Assistance that may be required due to the storm. The government appealed to the people to remain indoors in view of the torrential rains and high velocity winds.

Schools in seven districts of the state including Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar were closed. The authorities have directed revenue department to keep its offices open 24/7 in affected districts. "It is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards across Lakshadweep Islands during next 24 hours and then move north/northeastwards during the subsequent 48 hours", said the bulletin. Fishermen in the coastal regions were warned to not venture out in the rough sea for the next two days. Thunderstorms accompanied with squall and lightening likely at isolate places over Kerala.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph very likely along & around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and increase thereafter with wind speeds becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from tonight, the 30th November 2017.

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