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Cyclone Ockhi likely to weaken from today, says IMD

The deadly cyclone lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.

india Updated: Dec 03, 2017 09:05 IST
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Heavy rains and gushing winds continued to hammer the southern coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Friday as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm called Ockhi leaving a trail of destruction in both states and claiming at least 16 lives in India and 7 in Sri Lanka so far. (Vivek Nair / HT Photo)

Cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ is likely to weaken gradually from Sunday, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ over Lakshadweep area and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea further moved northwestwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of December 2, 2017 over southeast Arabian Sea near Latitude 11.1º N and Longitude 69.7º E, about 330 km west of Amini Divi. The system is very likely to weaken gradually from today the December 3, 2017 morning,” said IMD.

The deadly cyclone, which had claimed many lives, lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.

Both the states had declared compensation to the families of those who died in the storm.

On Saturday, several stranded fishermen were rescued during the massive search operations carried out by INS ships.

Defence Minister N Sitharaman, on Friday, had confirmed that six warships and two coast guard ships were deployed along with additional air effort.

The deadly storm had killed seven people in neighbouring Sri Lanka and affected the lives of nearly 20,000 people.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 09:05 IST