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Cyclone Ockhi: 150 Tamil Nadu And Kerala Fishermen Safe In Lakshadweep

08 December 2017

Ockhi is expected to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), though it is likely to lose intensity.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami made the request as he discussed the situation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

India's coast guard and navy have rescued about 223 fishermen and evacuated thousands of people from cyclone hit areas.

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Tamil Nadu Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management RB Udhaya Kumar, deputed to Kanyakumari to monitor relief work, said steps have been taken to drain the waterlogged in the areas.

Almost 9,000 people have sought shelter in relief camps.

In Lakshadweep, 31 relief camps have been opened in the 10 inhabited islands.

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Coconut trees have been uprooted at various places and houses damaged in eastern Kalpeni and Minicoy, sources said, adding the extent of the damage was being assessed.

The Kerala state emergency department said almost 3,200 people were in relief camps. Besides, 138 fishermen have been rescued from the Lakshadweep islands, he said.

According to a joint bulletin issued by IMD and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) released yesterday, the severe cyclonic storm, centered over Lakshadweep, is likely to further intensify in the next 12 hours. "Irrespective of that the Navy and Air Force are searching for the fishermen 24 x 7". The ship had earlier found another body, a defence spokesperson said.

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"The chief minister requested (Singh) that the Coast Guard and Navy should continue assisting the state government in swiftly rescuing the fishermen who have not returned so far, and that helicopters of Coast Guard and Navy should be deployed for this goal", the release said.

The state chief minister met some injured fishermen, who were rescued from the choppy waters, at the medical college hospital in Thiruvanathapuram and enquired about their well- being.

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Cyclone Ockhi: 150 Tamil Nadu And Kerala Fishermen Safe In Lakshadweep