Cyclone Ockhi scrapes Kerala

Cyclone Ockhi

Cyclone Ockhi

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority member secretary Dr Sekhar Kuriakose said that Ockhi would not hit the Kerala coast.

The rains which began early Thursday morning battered various parts of the state especially southern districts.

Referring to the IMD cyclone database, the official said the Ockhi is not likely to make any landfall and its intensity will get weakened rapidly after it reaches Lakshadweep.

Cyclone and heavy rains caused heavy damages in Kanyakumari and southern districts of Kerala. The Met Centre advised fishermen in Kerala and Tamil Nadu against venturing into the sea following forecast of squally weather with wind speed reaching 65 kmph to 85 kmph along the coast.

IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in Lakshadweep and southern parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala till Friday due to the influence of Ockhi (named by Bangladesh).

Also, electricity personnel with necessary equipment have been rushed to restore power distribution that was affected due to trees falling over electric poles, Palaniswami said.

CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that people in coastal areas of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram would be shifted to relief camps.

Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management R B Udhaya Kumar, deputed to Kanyakumari to take up relief work on a war footing, said people in the affected areas have been shifted to safer places.

Three men and a woman were killed when trees fell on them in different areas in Kanyakumari district, officials said. "So by afternoon, we had issued the alert and the Minister has declared a holiday for schools", he said. Storm surge of about 0.5 meter above astronomical tides very likely to inundate low lying areas of coastal districts of south Kerala and adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu during the next 12 hours.

Southern Railway said it has partially cancelled some trains in Tirunelveli-Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram sector.

In a related development, the two-day visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who was to address a party meeting on the seashore near the airport here on Friday, has been postponed on account of the heavy rains.

Rains accompanied with strong winds also lashed many parts of south Tamil Nadu such as Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin among other places, uprooting scores of trees and affecting normal life. Several houses and vehicles were damaged with high velocity winds uprooting trees, electric posts and advertisement hoardings at many places. A Kochi report said Navy deployed four ships and two aircraft to assist in the search and rescue of fishermen onboard six boats and a marine Engineering vessel reported to be missing in the sea near Vizhinjam.

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