Cyclone Ockhi Updates

Death toll in Tamil Nadu, Kerala mounts to 12; Central Water Commission issues advisory

Cyclone Ockhi may have moved away from Kerala’s borders, but it intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on 1st december and moved to the Arabian Sea.

A Defence spokesperson said 13 boats with 38 crew from Kerala and one boat from Tamil Nadu with four people on board was missing. A Navy aircraft rescued eight of them. “The fishermen were found floating in the water by Advance Light Helicopter,” the spokesperson said.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting on December 1st, morning. “Ten fishing boats have been exactly located and we are also able to communicate with 70 other boats. Some of them are hesitating to return to land as they cannot leave their boats behind,” Vijayan said to reporters after the meeting.

Intensifying cyclone

The weather department said Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu received rains for the third day on December 1st through the cyclone threat mitigated as the system, lying 70km south of Kanyakumari on 30th November, moved to the Arabian sea.

Gale winds speed reaching 110-120kmph gusting to 130kmph were very likely over and around Lakshadweep.

Squally wind conditions would prevail along and off Kerala and Karnataka coast. It forecast rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (more than 20cm) over Lakshadweep area during next 24 hours.

Rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places was very likely over Kerala on 2nd December.

Ockhi is now 200 km away from our shores, from 70km on November 30th, but the rains will continue in this manner on 1st and 2nd December, said Vijayan.

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