Tracking Cyclone Ockhi in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Trees uprooted electric poles fallen on the streets of Tamil Nadu due to Cyclone OckhiTwitter

Earlier, Cyclone Ockhi which created massive destruction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is now moving towards Lakshwadeep Islands.

As cyclone Ockhi continues to ravage Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the second day, eight people have lost their lives and more than 100 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing.

Chief minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the victims, an official release said.

According to an ANI report, a P8I aircraft, Navy Dornier and Coast Guard Dornier are also airborne for search and rescue along with helicopter with divers.

Rescued fisherman being taken to Trivandrum. 8 fishermen have been rescued. Rescue operations going
Rescued fisherman being taken to Trivandrum. 8 fishermen have been rescued. Rescue operations going

In Chennai, Mr Palaniswami took stock of the situation.

The state government had said that over 1,200 people were affected by the cyclone in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts.

In Tamil Nadu meanwhile, over 500 trees were uprooted as a result of the cyclone in Kanyakumari district, killing four residents. Disaster relief personnel are working round the clock to ensure safety of residents.

The well-marked low pressure area over the north Sumatra coast and adjoining South Andaman sea persists along with cyclonic circulation. "It is expected to concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours", regional meteorological centre director S. Balachandran said.

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