Cyclone Ockhi handicaps Tamil Nadu and Kerala
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The Cyclone Ockhi lashed at Tamil Nadu and Kerala killing at least 8 people. The states have seen heavy torrential rains and gusty winds from the past two days. Reportedly, 80 fishermen were ‘missing’ after they failed to return from sea.
A depression in the Southwest Bay of Bengal turned to a cyclone. Schools and other educational institutions across the coastal regions of Kerala and Tamil Nadu remained closed. The deadly cyclone claimed 7 lives in the neighbouring country, Sri Lanka.
The Meteorological Department has said that worst has been over, and a relief is expected from the heavy rains. But it also stated that the cyclone is intensifying on its path towards Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea. ‘Heavy rain with high wind speeds could cause considerable damage in the Lakshadweep Islands.
Over 1000 people have been evacuated from the low lying areas of Kanyakumari. The water also entered into the popular 17th-Century temple in Kanyakumari. Chennai is expected to receive intermittent rain today.
The Air Force and Other departments are actively participating in rescue and relief operations. ‘Ockhi’ means ‘eye’ in Bangladesh.