Cyclone Ockhi scrapes Kerala

Jerome Frank
Декабря 1, 2017

Though IMD regional director S Sudevan said on Thursday the formation was moving towards Lakshadweep Islands and there was no need to panic, he added that Ockhi was also likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.

5 Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi, two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep. Over 80 fishermen from Kerala remain missing and are suspected to be stranded at sea.

Four ships of Indian Navy and 2 ships of Indian Coast Guard have been deployed for the rescue operations. The Southern Naval Command was also gearing up for any humanitarian assistance and disaster relief that may be required in view of the cyclone in the southern parts of Kerala.

Schools and colleges in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Kanyakumari, Nellai, Theni, Dindigul, Madurai and Thoothukudihave been shut down and the authorities asked people to stay indoors in the wake of torrential rains and gusty winds.

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Collector K.S. Kandasamy has declared a holiday for schools in Tiruvannamalai district due to heavy rain. Power lines were also disrupted in many places. Heavy to very heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected under the influence of cyclonic storm Ockh.

Fishermen along and off Lakshadweep Islands and off South Kerala coasts have been advised not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours while fishermen off South Tamil Nadu coast have been warned against venturing into sea during the next 24 hours.

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

Early Thursday, the southern districts of Kerala were already being pounded by rain, and the Met Department said it is likely to continue right up to Saturday.

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