Cyclone Ockhi hits Tamil Nadu, Kerala

01 December, 2017, 06:36 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Cyclone Ockhi leaves 8 dead in Tamil Nadu Kerala schools closed in Chennai

The name Ockhi, given by Bangladesh, is expected to move further north-westward towards Lakshwadeep, he said. 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.

Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted; "Some 450 Kerala fishermen on 80 boats missing at sea since last night".

Four ships of Indian Navy and 2 ships of Indian Coast Guard have been deployed for the rescue operations. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December.

At least four trains connecting Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam and Nagercoil/Kanyakumari were cancelled and others rescheduled. Shutters of Neyyar Dam were opened following heavy rain in catchment areas.In Idukki district, a portion of St Sebastian's school fell down, but no injuries have been reported so far.

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As the rain refused to let up, districts across Tamil Nadu have declared holidays for schools and colleges.

The IMD had earlier issued a "heavy to very heavy rainfall" warning in both the states.

The report said gale wind with speeds reaching 65-75 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph are likely along and off south Kerala over the next 48 hours and off south Tamil Nadu.

In several places, electric posts got uprooted, disrupting power supply.

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Meanwhile, fishermen in coastal regions in southern parts of the two states have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next 24 hours.

Squally winds with speed reaching 55 to 65 kmph, and gusting to 75 kmph, are also very likely along and around Lakshadweep Islands.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and army are awaiting distress call to serve as heavy rains and winds are expected to continue for the next 12 hours.

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