Tracking Cyclone Ockhi in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Navys search, rescue operations continue for 3rd day

An official release said over 1,200 persons affected by the heavy rain in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts, have been lodged in relief camps. The navy, air force and coast guard personnel continued their search and rescue operations for missing fishermen for the second day on Saturday.

In Kerala, Ockhi has claimed four lives so far, 270 fishermen and 62 boats continue to be missing.

Singh had called up the chief minister and sought details on the damage caused by the the cyclone, an official release said. He said a total of 529 families were sheltered across 30 relief camps. In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea.

Relatively untouched by Cyclone Ockhi, the north Tamil Nadu coast is bracing for a rather intense weather system predicted to move towards the north Tamil Nadu-south Andhra Pradesh coast next week.

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In his letter, Stalin, also Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, urged her to direct the Coast Guard to search and rescue "thousands of fishermen fighting for their lives in the mid sea, so as to prevent further loss of lives due to the Ockhi cyclone".

The cyclone, with gusts of up to 175 kilometres (110 miles) per hour, is expected to weaken on Monday after recurving in the Arabian Sea, according to India's Meteorological Department.

The depression in Southwest Bay of Bengal had snowballed into the cyclonic storm- Ockhi.

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