8 sticks to death, 80 missing; warships redisturbed as cyclone Ockhi nears Lakshadweep

Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram:

Several warships have been deployed for delivery operations as heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds battered the southernmost coast of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, killing eight people – four apiece in two provinces – as deep depression over the Comorin Sea intensified into cyclone Ockhi.

Meanwhile, government agencies have announced that schools in Chennai, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur will remain closed Friday.

Quotes from Union Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman one coast guard ship  and Six naval ships deployed from Kochi, and one coast guard ship has been deployed from Tuticorn

II naval ships have been maintained on standby in Lakshadweep, as cyclone Ockhi is heading towards the islands. The storm is anticipated to arrive at the islands on December 2.

Besides, P8i aircraft, Navy Dornier and Coast Guard Dornier are also airborne for search and rescue operations. Helicopter with divers is also on standby.

“CGS Samarth sailed from Kochi to rescue. All the units are directed to work for rescue along and off the Kerala coast. In summation, the Eastern Naval Command will launch P8i Maritime Patrol aircraft,” said Sitharaman

To join for Search & Rescue INS Sagardhwani sailed. Total warships deployed SIX (06). For Search & Rescue (SAR) off Kanyakumari India Coast Guard deploying 2 OPVs in the area, and 1 OPV is being deployed ex Toothukudi. Additional Dornier shorties will be brought up from dawn,” she tweeted.

The economic crisis in Southwest Bay of Bengal had snowballed into the cyclonic storm – Ockhi.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said heavy-to-very-heavy rain in isolated places was “very likely” over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala for the next 24 hours.

A man died in Kollam after a tree fell on the three-wheeler, two others were electrocuted in Trivandrum and a woman went after a tree cut down on her house in Vizhinjam due to the cyclone on Thursday.

The deadly storm has killed seven people in neighboring Sri Lanka and affected the lives of almost 20,000 people.

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