Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN

Cyclone Ockhi CWC warns of rivers rising in Tamil Nadu Kerala

Cyclone Ockhi CWC warns of rivers rising in Tamil Nadu Kerala

Ockhi is likely to gather strength in the next 24 hours to become a severe cyclonic storm as it moves towards the Lakshadweep Islands, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

For search and rescue operation in Kanyakumari, the India Coast Guard have deployed 2 offshore patrol vessels in the area.

Five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi and two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep.

FISHERMEN MISSING: A rough sea and pounding rains worsened fears in Thiruvananthapuram where families await the return of at least 100 fishermen who ventured out early on Thursday. Two ships each belonging to the Indian Coast Guard have been deployed from Kochi and Tuticorin. A couple - Appu Nadar, 73, and Sumathi, 68 - also died due to the cyclone. A tropical depression over the Comorin area has intensified into a cyclonic storm. A holiday has been declared for schools. Restrictions are also in place on tourist movement in hilly and coastal regions.

Gale wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph very likely along & off South Kerala during next 48 hours and along & off south Tamilnadu during next 24 hours.

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There were also reports of atleast 50 trees being uprooted by strong winds.

Squally weather has been forecast for towns along the south Kerala coast with winds up to 55 kmph blowing.

The State Disaster Management Authority has issued an alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Kottayam districts.

Wind and rain can cause damage over south Kerala (Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanathitta, Thiruvananthapuram districts), adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu (Kanyakumari, Tutukudi and Tirunelveli districts) and Lakshadweep Islands. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off south Kerala coast.

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