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Will not lose hope: Sitharaman on Cyclone Ockhi rescue ops

Will not lose hope: Sitharaman on Cyclone Ockhi rescue ops

"I have spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) to see that these fishermen are given the space to remain there till the sea is safe for them to return", said Sitharaman.

Chennai: Coast Guard has rescued 198 fishermen and 18 fishing boats belonging from Tamilnadu off the western coast following the devastation caused by cyclone Ockhi.

Yesterday, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the reports of thousands of fishermen stranded in the cyclone were false and the number of missing Tamil Nadu fishermen was 97. Advisories have been issued to all coastal states, including Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, for adequate preparedness against effects of the cyclone.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Coast Guard informed that the cyclone has moved towards Lakshadweep islands and intensified into "severe cyclonic storm" with wind reaching up to speed of 60 to 70 km.

So far 393 people from Kerala have been rescued, Vijayan said, as the state government announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of those who died in the storm.

A precautionary holiday has been declared in schools in Mumbai and adjoining districts on Tuesday due to "serious weather predictions" in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi, said Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde.

India has deployed ten Naval ships and eight aircrafts to assist in rescue and relief effort.

She, however, refused to take questions on the criticism about the way the search operations have been carried out, since Ockhi struck off the southern coastline on November 30.

It also said that 25 Tamil Nadu fishing boats had also taken shelter at Meriya Bander, Ratnagiri and Devgarh.

Rescue teams from Kerala and Tamil Nadu stepped up efforts on Saturday to trace fishermen reported missing after Cyclone Ockhi, even as protests continued in coastal areas over the tardy response of government agencies.

According to the statement, three ships and one aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard - Eastern Region were continuing with search and rescue operation off the Kanyakumari coast.


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