Cyclone Ockhi: Indian Navy deploys ships, aircraft to locate missing fishermen

Flexing muscles Fishermen trying to reign in boats that broke loose from the old harbour in Thoothukudi on Thursday after cyclone Ockhi caused strong winds and heavy rains in many parts of coastal Tamil Nadu

Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN

"Total 6 warships & 2 coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort tomorrow". The Southern Naval Command has deployed Naval ships "Shardul", "Nireekshak", "Kabra" and "Kalpeni" and two aircraft based on the request received from the Thiruvananthapuram Collector for assistance.

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. A total six warships and coast guard ships have been deployed. It is also gearing up for Humanitarian Assistance that may be required due to the storm.

At least four trains connecting Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam and Nagercoil/Kanyakumari were cancelled and others rescheduled. Schools in seven districts across the two states have been closed. Several houses and vehicles were damaged with high velocity winds uprooting trees, electric posts and advertisement hoardings at many places. The holiday declared for educational institutions including schools on Friday on account of Milad - e- Sharif has come as a big relief as the met department had predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall during next 24 hours.

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. Madhavan Rajeevan, secretary in the ministry, said the archipelago in the southern part of the Arabian Sea will start experiencing heavy rainfall and strong winds from Friday.

Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a cyclone warning for south Kerala, 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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