Disaster Relief Forces Save Stranded 75 Fishermen in Cyclone Ockhi

03 December, 2017, 01:31 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • Cyclone Ockhi barrelled into the Lakshwadeep today after drenching Kerala Tamil Nadu claiming so far around 14 lives with many fishermen still feared trapped at sea

They have been lodged in relief camps.

Rescue operations were underway, with the Indian navy, air force and coast guard searching for dozens of fishermen unaccounted for in the Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam coastal area, said the New Delhi Television news channel.

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Earlier, Cyclone Ockhi which created massive destruction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is now moving towards Lakshwadeep Islands. The fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. Vijayan announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of victims who died in rainrelated incidents in the state.

"The chief minister requested (Singh) that the Coast Guard and Navy should continue assisting the state government in swiftly rescuing the fishermen who have not returned so far, and that helicopters of Coast Guard and Navy should be deployed for this goal", the release said. At least 19 boats with 124 fishermen belonging to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and southern parts of Kerala reached the safety of the shores in Lakshadweep on Saturday.

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More than 530 fishermen stranded in choppy waters have been rescued off Kerala state and the Lakshadweep islands, said Pinyari Viayan, Kerala's top elected official.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, "The very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi over Lakshadweep and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea moved further west-northwestwards with a speed of 11 kmph during the past 6 hours", quotes India Today.

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