Kerala: nearly 200 fisherman stranded in the sea due to cyclone 'Ockhi'

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Friday, December, 01 2017 - 15:57

The Navy has been called in to rescue nearly 200 fishermen who got stranded in the sea due to cyclone 'Ockhi'. 

As per media reports, more than 100 fishermen have been rescued off the coast of Kerala.Five fishing boats are reported to have sunk near Lakshadweep's Kalpeni Island. No casualties have been reported.

Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the reporters on Friday, that the though the exact number of stranded fishermen was yet to be known, the government initiative was to bring all of them to the shore without any delay.As per minister, 70 fishermen had already got in touch with rescue teams.

The state has requested the Defence Ministry to deploy more aircraft for rescue operations in view of the cyclone moving towards Lakshadweep.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a red warning for Lakshadweep - the highest category alert. 

Cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved towards Lakshadweep today after causing heavy rain that has left at least nine people dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Four people were also killed in Kerala.

Over 1,000 people have been evacuated from the popular tourist town of Kanyakumari. 

The Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rainfall warning over south Kerala and Tamil Nadu for the next 24 hours, with high speed winds gusting to 85 kmph. Lakshadweep, meanwhile, has been kept on a high alert with wind speeds reaching upto 100 kmph.


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