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Cyclone Ockhi: Death toll 19 in TN and Kerala

Cyclone Ockhi: Death toll 19 in TN and Kerala

Meanwhile, at least 1,044 persons in Kanniyakumari have been lodged in 16 relief camps while the number was 205 in two camps in Tirunelveli.

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government today requested the Centre to deploy helicopters of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for the search and rescue of missing fishermen, mostly from Kanyakumari, in the wake of cyclone Ockhi.

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

Earlier, Cyclone Ockhi which created massive destruction in Tamil Nadu and Kerala is now moving towards Lakshwadeep Islands. Vijayan announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of victims who died in rainrelated incidents in the state. But a low pressure formed near Lakshadweep intensified into a cyclonic storm Thursday afternoon, springing a surprise to both authorities and people.

Chennai: Heavy rains continued to batter coastal areas of Kerala and south Tamil Nadu, crippling normal life, even as Cyclone Ockhi lay centered about 80km north-northeast of Minicoy in Lakshadweep.

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.

In Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, heavy rains and gusty winds uprooted 579 trees, it said, adding, efforts are on to remove them. The system is very likely to intensify further during next the 24 hours.

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