Cyclone Ockhi: More than 80 fishermen goes missing

Kristopher Drake
December 1, 2017

Normal life was thrown out of gear and the city administration was on its toes.

In the suburban town at Kattakada near Thiruvananthapuram, a couple was electrocuted when they came in contact with a live wire that snapped and fell on the road after a tree hit an electric pole. Several thatched houses were damaged.

Storage levels are up by six feet in Periyar dam and one foot in Vaigai dam due to heavy inflow.

While a high alert has already been sounded and the relief and rescue teams have been asked to be prepared to meet any eventuality, the fishermen have been advised not to venture into the high sea. Over 80 fishermen from Kerala remain missing and are suspected to be stranded at sea.

Responding to a request for assistance made by District Collector of Trivandrum, the Indian Navy dispatched its ships and aircrafts in a search and rescue operation. The cyclone however is expected to gain strength by Friday. The restrictions were till 7am on Friday.

Sabrimala, where the famous lord Ayyappa temple is located, is also experiencing heavy rain.

Heavy winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely along and off Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai coasts. Kerala coast can also expect waves that can reach up to a height of 5.4 meters along the Kerala coast till December 2nd.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and army are awaiting distress call to serve as heavy rains and winds are expected to continue for the next 12 hours. Several districts including Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Kollam reported heavy rainfall and falling of trees resulting in disruption to traffic.

According to the latest reports the search operation is underway for the missing fishermen.

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