The Cyclone Ockhi that claimed lives of 14 people in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Friday has started going towards Lakshadweep and is expected to intensify in the next 24 hours, the Met department has cautioned. The heavy rains have shaken Tirunelveli, which is worst hit area after Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu early Saturday and traffic was stopped on the Karupanthurai-Melapalyam link road as the low-lying bridge was submerged in Thamirabarani river.
In a joint operation carried out by Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, at least 200 fishermen were rescued.
Here are the live updates:
1.40 pm: The Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal said that the cyclone has left enormous damage 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,” he added.
12.45 pm: The Kerala government declared a relief of Rs 10 lakh for the families of deceased and Rs 20,000 each for the ones who were injured in the Cyclone.
12.40 pm: The rains ease off a bit and a clear sky was witnessed in many parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. On Saturday, 26 fishermen were rescued in a joint operation conducted by the Indian Navy and Air Force.
12.15 pm: Waterlogging observed in Kochi.
12.05 pm: As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) director S Sudevan in Trivandrum, Ockhi is believed to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours.
11.45 am: Efforts were made to rescue fishermen who had risked into the sea in 12 fishing boats from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
11.30 am: The Met department sources said that Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep received 14cm of rains on Saturday morning.
10.45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami later Friday night and asked about the damage took place due to Cyclone Ockhi, which also impacted several parts of Kerala.
10.20 am: The Coast Guard Ship C-427 has saved two fishing boats off Vizhinjam, which were reported missing because of Cyclone.