At least 80 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing after cyclone Ockhi lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala with torrential rainfall and gusty winds. The cyclone has so far claimed the lives of eight people in Kerala and Tamin Nadu.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said the cyclonic storm Ockhi has intensified into severe cyclone and lies at about 110 kilometer northeast of island Minicoy and likely to cross Lakshadweep during next 24 hours. The cyclone has created widespread havoc, bringing normal life to a halt. Hence, schools in Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur will remain closed on Friday.
At least five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi, two ships on standby in Lakshadweep, and two ICG ships each deployed from Kochi and Tuticorin, for search and rescue operation.
Torrential rains pounded southern districts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Kerala crippling life and claiming eight lives– four each in the two states — as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ on Thursday.
On Thursday, a man in an autorickshaw died in Kollam after a tree fell on the three-wheeler, two others were electrocuted in Trivandrum and a woman died after a tree fell on her house in Vizhinjam due to the cyclone.
The deadly storm has killed seven people in neighbouring Sri Lanka and affected the lives of nearly 20,000 people.