Cyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain close today

01 Декабря, 2017, 06:36 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Cyclone Ockhi Death toll mounts to 12 as heavy rain batters Tamil Nadu Kerala — 10 points

In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea.

Cyclone Ockhi alert at Kerala coast: Coast guard and police put restrictions on Trivandrum coast.

5 Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi, two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep.

Manorama News reported that a larger boat that had rescued around 15 stranded fishermen was unable to come to the Thiruvananthapuram shores due to the turbulent sea and was moving towards the Kollam coast.

In a series of tweets, Sitharaman further informed that six warships and two coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort.

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Meanwhile Defence PRO Dhanya Sanal K confirmed that four ships of Indian Navy and 2 ships of Indian Coast Guard have already been deployed for the rescue operations. It is also gearing up for Humanitarian Assistance that may be required due to the storm.

Torrential rain and winds wreaked havoc along the southern districts of Kerala Thursday. The IMD recorded an "isolated very heavy rainfall" of 15 cm in Aryankavu in Kollam district. Hence, schools in Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur will remain closed today.

Indian Meteorological Department on Thursday issued a cyclone warning for south Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep islands.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph very likely along & around Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours and increase thereafter with wind speeds becoming 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from tonight, the 30th November 2017.

The report said gale wind with speeds reaching 65-75 kmph and gusting to 85 kmph are likely along and off south Kerala over the next 48 hours and off south Tamil Nadu.

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