Ockhi unleashes rain fury in south Tamil Nadu, Kerala; 8 dead

01 December, 2017, 06:38 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN

The system will move towards Lakshadweep Islands due to which torrential rains are possible over the region during the next 24 hours.

Responding to a request for assistance made by District Collector of Trivandrum, the Indian Navy dispatched its ships and aircrafts in a search and rescue operation.

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. 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.

The Railways issued the notice cancelling the trains following the high alert issued by the India Meteorological Department. The Met department has also warned of a storm surge of half-a-meter above astronomical tides which could inundate low-lying areas of coastal districts of south Kerala. 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. "Yesterdays's depression escalated into deep depression early this morning and further intensified into cyclonic storm at 8.30 am and lies at about 70 km south of Kanyakumari", Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, S Balachandran said.

Cyclone Ockhi
Coastguards rescue 16 people from two carrier ships trapped in the sea after Cyclone Ockhi

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

Heavy showers are likely to continue for the next 24 hours.

While four people, including a woman were killed in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari district, in Kerala, three people died in Thiruvananthapuram and one in Kollam district. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off south Kerala coast.



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