Heavy rains, winds hit southern Kerala

Heavy rains, winds hit southern Kerala

In many places, strong winds also caused trees to be uprooted damaging houses and vehicles.

Cyclone Ockhi alert at Kerala coast: Coast guard and police put restrictions on Trivandrum coast.

At least five Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi, two ships on standby in Lakshadweep, and two ICG ships each deployed from Kochi and Tuticorin, for search and rescue operation.

The authorities have opened relief camps at various places to accommodate people being evacuated from the affected areas including coastal areas. Over 80 fishermen from Kerala remain missing and are suspected to be stranded at sea.

In a series of tweets, Sitharaman further informed that six warships and two coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort.

Cyclone Ockhi on way to Kerala, TN
Cyclone Ockhi: At least 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, Kerala; storm to intensify as it heads towards Lakshadweep

The Railways have cancelled a few trains completely and others partially due to heavy rains lashing the southern parts of Kerala. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December.

For search and rescue operation in Kanyakumari, the India Coast Guard have deployed 2 offshore patrol vessels in the area.

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. Schools in seven districts across the two states have been closed. "Due to this heavy rains are expected in southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala", the IMD said in a statement.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) posted image of cyclone warning for south Kerala, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands.

Squally winds with speed reaching 55 to 65 kmph, and gusting to 75 kmph, are also very likely along and around Lakshadweep Islands.

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