Cyclone Ockhi: 71 from Tamil Nadu among 357 fishers rescued

Rescue operations for fishermen on since 6:30 am on Friday heavy rains to go on for next 12 hours says IMDTwitter

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, "The severe cyclonic storm Ockhi is now laid centred about 850 km south-southwest of Surat and is likely to cross south Gujarat and adjoining North Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by mid night of December 5". It also issued a warning to the local fishermen to remain off the sea.

In addition, 2,384 fishermen and their 205 boats were rescued out of the 2,570 fishermen who had sailed in 284 boats from other places in the state, the statement said.

Coast Guard along with the other central agencies are now engaged in the search and rescue operation of the fishermen, who reportedly went missing in sea following cyclone Ockhi which had a devastating effect in Kanyakumari district and in Kerala.

Meanwhile, women members of the fisher folk community held a protest in Kanyakumari district demanding that authorities intensify rescue operations to trace those caught in the deep sea in the wake of cyclone Ockhi.

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Till date, the havoc wreaked by the cyclone claimed 25 lives in Kerala, including 12 on Sunday.

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. "Expected to recurve and head towards Gujarat and Maharashtra", the Indian Coast Guard has said.

He said he saw several bodies floating by when he was in mid sea. "It was a nightmare", said a rescued fisherman.

In a series of meetings, the NCMC took stock of the situation in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep, an official said today. Naval ships, helicopters, Coast Guard vessels and Air Force planes are engaged in the rescue and relief operations to track down the 100-odd missing fishermen. "The Central Government have deployed Coast Guard - Ships (10), Aircraft (3), Helicopters (1); Navy - Ships (10), Aircraft (2), Helicopters (2); Airforce - Aircraft (1), Helicopters (3) for rescue and relief", a government statement said.

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