Cyclone Ockhi hits Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Cyclone Ockhi hits Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Cyclone Ockhi hits Tamil Nadu, Kerala

In the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, strong winds uprooted many trees and snapped power cables at many places.

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Five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi and two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep. DGP Loknath Behra said cops had started evacuating people from low-lying areas.

Manorama News reported that a larger boat that had rescued around 15 stranded fishermen was unable to come to the Thiruvananthapuram shores due to the turbulent sea and was moving towards the Kollam coast.

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, defence statement added. Two Indian Coast Guard ships have also been deployed from Kochi and Tuticorin. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December.

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A P8I aircraft, the Navy Dornier and the Coast Guard Dornier have also been deployed for the same. The government appealed to the people to remain indoors in view of the torrential rains and high velocity winds. Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force from Arakkonam were rushed to Kanyakumari and other districts. Rainfall of 7 cm to 11 cm is expected in the next 48 hours.

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

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) posted image of cyclone warning for south Kerala, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands.

Heavy winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts.

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