8 dead as rain batters Tamil Nadu and Kerala

01 December, 2017, 06:39 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN

Kanyakumari/Chennai: Cyclone Ockhi, that killed eight people in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu, is moving closer to Lakshadweep.

Sivaganga Collector G. Latha has declared a holiday for schools in five taluks in Sivaganga education district today.

Eight people died in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu and almost 90 fishermen remained missing as a depression above the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm.

The navy has deployed four ships and two aircraft to assist in the search and rescue of fishermen onboard six boats and a marine engineering vessel reported to be missing near Vizhinjam.

At least four trains connecting Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam and Nagercoil/Kanyakumari were cancelled and others rescheduled.

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According to an India Meteorological Department bulletin issued at 08.30 am today, Ockhi continues to move to move west-northwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph.

The Kerala coast can also expect heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on December 1. The advisory highlighted dangers in using the forest route to the hill shrine and resting under trees.

In several places, electric posts got uprooted, disrupting power supply. Coast Guard's Helicopter was expected to operate from Alleppey by the early hours of Friday. The pilgrims have been advised to avoid bathing in rivers. Gandhi was scheduled to address a gathering at the Shankhumukham Beach here, at the culmination of Padayorukkam, a state-wide rally led by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala.

Schools and colleges in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Kanyakumari, Nellai, Theni, Dindigul, Madurai and Thoothukudihave been shut down and the authorities asked people to stay indoors in the wake of torrential rains and gusty winds.

Gale wind speeds reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph are also very likely along south Kerala during next 48 hours and along south Tamil Nadu during the next 24 hours, it added.

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