Kerala witnessed heavy cyclonic wind since Thursday afternoon after Ockhi hit the southern coast of India. A deep depression formed in Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm Ockhi affecting the southern coast with heavy rains and cyclonic winds.
Around 200 fishing boats gone to sea from Vizhinjam have not returned. Reports from marine agencies indicate that fishing vessels gone from Kochi, Kollam and Alappuzha too were missing.
“We are worried about the safety of the fisherman who had gone to sea. We have no idea what happened to them. In southern coast, more than 2000 fishermen are stranded in sea,” T Peter, general secretary National Fish Worker’s Forum told INDIA TODAY.
Cyclone and heavy rains caused heavy damages in Kanyakumari and southern districts of Kerala. Four persons died in Kanyakumari district and a couple electrocuted in Thiruvananthapuram.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan convened an emergency meeting of officials and directed the Disaster Management wing to open control room in Secretariat. Chief Minister also directed the District Collectors to be alert on the rescue operations.
Chief minister informed media that four navy ships were deployed for the rescue operations in sea and two helicopters of Air Force would accompany the ships.
“We have put the district administration on alert and all possible help would be provided,” Chief Minister Vijayan told INDIA TODAY.
Meanwhile, trains operating from Kanyakumari were delayed due to cyclonic winds. Travel restrictions were imposed on people traveling in Kottayam and Idukki districts