Cyclone Ockhi Latest News: 8 dead, 80 missing as cyclone nears Lakshadweep

At least 8 people killed and 80 missing as a deep depression over the Comorin Sea intensified into Cyclone Ockhi.

Four people each from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were killed as heavy rain accompanied by strong winds battered the southernmost coast. Several warships have been deployed to carry out the rescue operations.

Authorities have announced that schools remain closed on Friday in Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur.

Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister said that navy has deployed six naval ships from Tuticorin and one coast guard ship from Kochi for rescue operations. Two naval ships were kept on standby in Lakshadweep as the cyclone Ockhi is nearing the Lakshadweep islands and it is expected to hit the island on December 2.

Besides, navy ships, a P8i aircraft, Navy Dornier and Coast Guard Dornier are airborne for search and rescue operations. The helicopter with divers is also kept on standby.

Cyclone Ockhi path in Tamil Nadu Kerala

Cyclone Ockhi path in Tamil Nadu Kerala

Nirmala Sitharaman said: “CGS Samarth sailed from Kochi for rescue. All the units are directed to work for rescue along and off Kerala coast. In addition, the Eastern Naval Command will launch P8i Maritime Patrol aircraft”.

She added: “INS Sagardhwani sailed to join for Search & Rescue. Total warships deployed SIX (06). For Search & Rescue (SAR) off Kanyakumari India Coast Guard deploying 2 OPVs in the area, and 1 OPV is being deployed ex Toothukudi. Additional Dornier sorties will be taken up from dawn”.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its weather bulletin that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to pour in South Tamil Nadu and South Kerala for next 24 hours. Most places will receive heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall will hit is isolated places over Lakshadweep area during next 48 years.

Lakshadweep Islands will experience the winds wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph during the next 12 hours from Thursday night. The sea condition would be very rough to high as reported by IMD.

As cyclone Ockhi lashed the coastal areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, 80 fisherman and 50 boats have gone missing.

A man in auto died in Kollam on Thursday after a tree fell on the autorickshaw and two others were electrocuted in Trivandrum. A woman died in Vizhinjam as a tree fell on her house. The storm also claimed seven lives in Sri Lanka and affected the lives of almost 20,000 people.

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