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Cyclone Ockhi: 4 killed in Tamil Nadu; Kerala on high alert

Cyclone Ockhi: 4 killed in Tamil Nadu; Kerala on high alert

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has deployed five ships from Kochi while two are already on standby in Lakshadweep.

Over 270 fishermen have not returned to the Thiruvananthapuram coast, triggering widespread panic in the coastal belt. The Southern Naval Command deployed four ships and two aircraft based for the search and rescue operations. It is also gearing up for Humanitarian Assistance that may be required due to the storm.

According to an India Meteorological Department bulletin issued at 08.30 am today, Ockhi continues to move to move west-northwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph. "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.

The Chennai collector has declared a holiday for schools across the city in view of the heavy rainfall warning from the MeT department.




Cyclone Ockhi that has created massive destruction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is now moving towards Lakshwadeep Islands.

Rainfall is also very likely in most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls over Lakshadweep area during next 48 hours, it said. Multiple districts in the two states were hit by strong winds and torrential rain bringing life to a standstill.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph very likely along & around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and increase thereafter with wind speeds becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from tonight, the 30th November 2017.

The cyclone has so far claimed the lives of four people in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Fishermen in the southern part of these states have also been advised not to venture into sea for 24 hours.


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