Cyclone Ockhi Updates: Death Toll in Tamil Nadu Increases; CWC Issues Advisory
The Ockhi cyclone has lashed across the southern peninsular region crippling the normalcy of the southern states. Rescue operation that has been named Operating Synergy is underway to locate fishermen who ventured out into the rough waters on Wednesday and Thursday. With the rain continuing to hit these two states, life has certainly come on a standstill with all the schools and offices ordered to remain close. Cyclone Ockhi updates :
- The Tamil Nadu government on Friday told that over 1,200 persons who were affected by Ockhi cyclone in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts have been lodged safely in the relief camps, as Chief Minister K Palaniswami took to the situation.
- As many as 12 persons have reportedly died in Kanyakumari under the impact of this disastrous cyclone.
- 7 people are reported to have died in coastal Kerala and 6 in Tamil Nadu.
- 393 people have been rescued till now.
- There is no power supply and even the battery-driven UPS have been drained in many homes and establishments. Further, the traffic is hugely affected as uprooted trees and electric posts remain on every road and by-lanes and it will take sometime to clear them.
- “To expedite relief works in worst affected Kanyakumari district, two NDRF teams and seven of the state disaster response agency have been deputed. They, along with local officials, were rescuing people on a ‘war-footing’ from inundated areas,” the report from the CM’s office said.
- When the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted a heavy rainfall at isolated places of Tamilnadu and Kerala over the next 24 hours in view of Cyclone Ockhi, the Central Water Commission (CWC) also said that this heavy rainfall might as well trigger a rapid rise in the water level of the rivers in the two southern states.
- “A well marked low pressure is lying over South Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood. It is expected to concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours,” Regional Meteorological Centre Director S Balachandran said.
- Cyclone Ockhi is still persisting over Lakshadweep and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea.
- Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has announced compensation of Rs.10 Lac to families of those who died due to heavy rains in Cyclone Ockhi.
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