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Cyclone Ockhi Highlights: Lakshadweep suffers massive damage, 952 fishermen reach Mashrashtra coast

Cyclone Ockhin made a landfall in Lakshadweep on Saturday, PM Modi assured Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami of assistance. Here are the highlights.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2017 22:20 IST
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Heavy rains hammered the southern coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Heavy rains hammered the southern coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.(Vivek Nair/HT Photo)

Cyclone Ockhi, which claimed 16 lives in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Friday, made a landfall in Lakshadweep in Arabian Sea on Saturday and was expected to intensify in the next 24 hours, the Met department warned.

More than 500 fishermen stranded in the rough sea off Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts were rescued.

Here are the highlights:

9:50 pm: 66 fishing boats from Kerala, two from TN caught up in cyclone with 952 fishermen onboard reach Maharashtra coast safely: CM Devendra Fadnavis

8:20 pm: ‘‘Situation is still critical. But we feel worst is over,” says Lakshadweep administrator Farooq Khan.

8:10 pm: IMD issues fresh warning for Kerala and TN coasts

8.05 pm: Kerala CM wants Centre to declare cyclone as national disaster.

7.23 pm: Coast Guard issues advisory asking fishermen, tourists and coastal population to not venture into the sea for the next 48 hours as the sea conditions are likely to be non-conducive .

7.50 pm:

7 pm: Heavy rains are possible to continue for another 24 hours over Lakshadweep Islands, says Skymet.

6:45 pm: DMK working president MKStalin writes to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on behalf on the fishermen families, saying: “Their families are very much afraid that the lives of the stranded fishermen are in great danger.”

He told Sitharaman “immediate rescue measures must be undertaken by the Indian Coast Guard”.

6: 25 pm: Leader of the opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare cyclone Ockhi as a national disaster.

6.00 pm: “It was the first time we were experiencing such huge waves and a rough sea. Luckily, the rescue boat came back and saved us,” says Stephan, a rescued fisherman.

5.20 pm: Tamil Nadu government requests the Centre to deploy Navy and Coast Guard for the search and rescue of missing fishermen, mostly from Kanyakumari.

5pm: The death toll rises to 22 - 12 dead in Kerala, 10 in Tamil Nadu.

4 pm:

3.29 pm: Family members of around 1,000 fishermen from Kanyakumari district demanded that aerial searches and rescue operations be launched to trace the missing men.

3pm: As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts, have been rescued, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

1.40pm: Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal said the cyclone has left massive destruction in the island. “Friday night and early hours of Saturday, the island witnessed a strong wind with the speed of 135 kmph. After leaving enough destruction in Minicoy and Kalpeni it moved to Kavarthi, the capital. Though many houses and buildings were damaged, there is no human casualty so far,” said the MP.

1.30pm: Four hundred fishermen from Kerala and 300 from Tamil Nadu rescued.

1.15pm: Two more deaths reported in Kerala, toll touches 16.

1pm: The cyclone is expected to start weakening by December 4, according to IMD.

12.45pm: The Kerala government announced a relief of Rs 10 lakh for the families of deceased and Rs 20,000 each for those injured in the cyclone.

12.40pm: Rains subsided and a clear sky was visible in many parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. A joint operation conducted by the Indian Navy and Air Force rescued 26 fishermen Saturday.

12.15pm: Waterlogging witnessed in Kochi

Water logging in Kochi. (ANI Twitter)

12.05pm: Ockhi is expected to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) director S Sudevan in Trivandrum

11.45am: Efforts were on to rescue fishermen who had ventured into the sea in 12 fishing boats from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

11.30am: Minicoy island in Lakshadweep, received 14cm of rains Satuday morning, Met department sources said.

11am: The ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm Ockhi — which in Bengali means ‘eye’ — over Lakshadweep is likely to intensify further in the next 24 hours. It is likely to continue to move west-northwestwards across Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours and then recurve north eastwards during the 48 hours, the Met department said.

10.45am: PM Modi dialled Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami late Friday night and inquired about the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi, which also battered parts of Kerala. The PM has assured “immediate assistance” to the CM.

10.35am: Heavy rain lashed at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu due to which the traffic came to a halt on the Karupanthurai-Melapalyam link road as the low-lying bridge was submerged in the Thamirabarani River.

10.20am: Coast Guard Ship C-427 has rescued two fishing boats off Vizhinjam, which were reported missing due to the cyclone.

An Indian fisherman who was stranded in the Arabian Sea is escorted down from an Indian Navy helicopter after being rescued in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. (AP Photo)

(With inputs from agencies)