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Cyclone Ockhi Approaches Western India after Killing 25 in the South

Cyclone Ockhi Approaches Western India after Killing 25 in the South

As many as 40 boats carrying fishermen stranded in the Arabian sea following the outbreak of the Cyclone Ockhi reached the coast off Veraval in Gujarat on Monday. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted light to heavy rains on the Maharashtra coast as well as South Gujarat, with the cyclone moving northwards with a speed of 16 km per hour. "We also spotted a rescue helicopter also doing their duty", said a fisherman who had gone into the high seas on Sunday morning. Eleven of the dead are from the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram.

A cyclonic bulletin issued by IMD stated: "The very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi that lay centered over Eastcentral and adjoining Southwest Arabian Sea, about 420 km West North West of Amini Divi, 880 km South-Southwest of Mumbai and 1090 km South-Southwest of Surat is very likely to move North-Northwestward during few hours and then recurve North Eastwards during the subsequent 48 hours and weaken gradually". "23 from Tamil Nadu, 3 from Kerala & 2 from Karnataka".

Amid protests in coastal hamlets against Kerala authorities' reported failure in warning fishermen ahead of the cyclonic storm Ockhi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sought calm and made an assurance that rescue operations would continue till all the untraced fishermen were brought back.

"I assure you that the search and rescue operations won't stop till the last untraced fisherman is brought back", she said.




"Due to #CycloneOckhi 28 more boats with 321 fishermen landed at Ratnagiri today", Fadnavis tweeted.

Weathermen predict that as the system approaches the coast, the peripherals of the system would start impacting the weather over Coastal Gujarat and adjoining areas of North Maharashtra.

On Sunday evening, Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman arrived inThiruvananthapuram and left for Kanyakumari on a helicopter to visit the affected areas in south Tamil Nadu. They are now docked at Mirya Bunder, Ratnagiri.

The cyclone, which has caused widespread damage in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts, will not be termed a national disaster, Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons said on Sunday. "Meanwhile, 68 boats have reached Maharashtra coast out of which two boats were from Tamil Nadu and others from Kerala", she said. A prot warning was also issued.


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