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  1. Cyclone Ockhi Chennai Weather LIVE Updates: Fishermen stranded at sea off Kerala, rescue operation underway

Cyclone Ockhi Chennai Weather LIVE Updates: Fishermen stranded at sea off Kerala, rescue operation underway

Chennai Weather Today, Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: Torrential rains pounded southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala claiming lives of at least nine people as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm 'Ockhi'.

By: | Updated: December 2, 2017 7:58 AM
Cyclone Ockhi Chennai Weather today: An elderly person is carried to safe place in a flooded locality following a heavy storm at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district on Thursday.  (PTI Photo)

Live updates on Cyclone Ockhi and Chennai Weather today: 

7: 45 am: Indian Navy conducted search and rescue operation of missing fishermen off the Kerala Coast

(ANI)
(ANI)

4:30 am: The Opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala today slammed the LDF government over the alleged delay in initiating precautionary measures
and launching rescue operations for fishermen, who got stranded in the rough sea off the coast due to Cyclone Ockhi.

4:00 am: Kalpeni and Minicoy islands in the Lakshadweep were badly hit by Cyclone Ochki, but there were no casualties, the island’s MP P P Mohammed Faizal said.

3:30 am: The CWC said the Amaravathi and Bhavani rivers and their tributaries in the Cauvery basin were also expected to receive sufficient flows, increasing the water levels in the Amaravathy, Moyar, Pilloor and Bhavanisagar dams in the Nilgiris, Coimbatore and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu.

2:45 am: The Papanasam and Manimutharu dams in Tamil Nadu were likely to get heavy inflows due to the rainfall for the next 12 to 24 hours. The east-flowing Tambraparani river was likely to rise all along its course in Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts of the state during the next two-three days, the advisory said.

2:15 am: The Central Water Commission (CWC) has asked authorities in Tamil Nadu to closely monitor the Ponnaiyar river for the next five-seven days after a shutter of the Krishnagiri dam got damaged recently, forcing release of water downstream, and in view of Cyclone Ockhi.

2:00 am: A total of 106 of them had ventured into the sea in 29 boats and the Chief Minster has asked that the rest be rescued quickly. Two Coast Guard ships have been pressed into service for this purpose

1:45 am: Personnel of Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department and the Coast Guard have rescued 76 fishermen from 18 boats.

1:30 am: As many as 2,000 personnel under the supervision of 15 chief engineers were involved in restoring the lines while five sub-stations have resumed operations, PTI reported.

1:15 am: On the power front, infrastructure set up, including 4,000 high and low transmission towers and 50 km of power lines have been affected even as services of 11 sub-stations of each 110 kw were stopped following uprooting of trees.

1:00 am: As per the orders of the Chief Minister, 1,044 persons in Kanniyakumari have been lodged in 16 relief camps while the number was 205 in two camps in Tirunelveli, an official release said.

12:30 am: With the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting a heavy rainfall at isolated places of Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the next 24 hours in view
of Cyclone Ockhi, the Central Water Commission (CWC) today said the pouring might trigger a rapid rise in the water level of the rivers in the two southern states.

12:03 am: Fishermen rescue operations being carried out:

12:01 am: Do’s and don’ts in a cyclone:

11:56 pm: Video showing fishermen rescue operations carried in Thiruvananthapuram

#CycloneOckhi: Video showing #fishermen rescue operations carried in #Thiruvananthapuram, #Kerala @IAF_MCC @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/Fn6nBM9KWj

— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) December 1, 2017

11:19 pm: This zone in Tamilnadu – was,is getting heavy rain during past 16hrs now.
And more heavy Persistent rain expected in this zone, from central coast to Nilgiris in NW Tamilnadu till Saturday noon !!
#Alert – Rivers will flood in this zone.
9.00 PM: According to reports, 7 people have died in the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi in Kerala and 6 people have died in Tamil Nadu. The cyclone has moved towards Lakshadweep.

8.30 PM: Indian Coast Guard continues its rescue operations with 9 Ships and 2 Dornier Aircraft off Kerala and Tamil Nadu Coast. 52 Fishermen rescued so far.

 

8.00 PM: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami announced Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for deceased’s kin.

7.40 PM: Regional Meteorological Centre director S Balachandran said, “A well-marked low pressure is lying over South Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood. It is expected to concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours”.

7.20 PM: According to All India Radio News, two more teams of NDRF mobilised, one for Cochin and other for Thrissur.

7.05 PM: The opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala today slammed the LDF government over the alleged delay in initiating precautionary measures and launching rescue operations for fishermen, who got stranded in the rough sea off the coast due to Cyclone Ockhi reports PTI.

7.00 PM: As per information by the PIB, the severe cyclonic storm ‘OCKHI’ over Lakshadweep continued to move west-northwestwards with a speed of 15 kmph and intensified further into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.

6.52 PM: President of India Ram Nath Kovind shared his solidarity for the people affected by the Cyclone Ockhi.

6.30 PM: Trains Cancelled on December 2, 2017

Train No 56305 Kottayam-Kollam Passenger cancelled
Train No 56334 Kollam-Edamann Passenger cancelled
Train No 56333 Edamann-Kollam Passenger cancelled
Train No 56309 Kollam-Trivandrum Passenger cancelled
Train No 56315 Trivandrum-Nagercoil Passenger cancelled
Train No 56715 Punalur-Kanniyakumari Passenger cancelled

6.25 PM: Total 134 personnel rescued by IN, IAF & ICG utilising ships and aircraft. This includes the rescue of 37 people by IN ALH flying between Trivandrum & sea area where personnel are stranded. Indian Navy ships Sagardhwani, Jamuna, Nireekshak in the area.

6.00 PM: The Indian Navy is putting in “maximum effort” to rescue fishermen from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi, a top Navy official said today.

5.40 PM: According to news reports, “Two passenger trains from Nagercoil to Thiruvananthapuram cancelled.”

5.30 PM: Two fishing boats Arokia Mary and Hermen Mary from Kanyakumari reported missing due Cyclone Ockhi since November 30, 2017 with 08 crew each rescued by Coast Guard Ship C-427 off Vizhinjam.

5.20 PM: WATCH NOW

5.30 PM: Indian Navy shares images of the ships braving the storm off Kerala coast.

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5.15 PM: From Indian Navy, at 1650h – 45 survivors rescued by Indian Navy. Efforts on for further rescue.

5.10 PM: 16 survivors picked up by air/surface units. SAR effort progressing off Vizhinjam. Boeing P8i sights ~40 people stranded at sea.IN ac P8i, Dornier, Seaking42B, Seaking42C &ALH in area/under deployment. Indian ships Nireekshak, Jamuna & Sagardhwani continuing in area IN Ships Sharda & Shardul also sailing out soon to augment search effort. Both ships in final stages of embarking HADR items for assistance at L&M Islands. Coordination with ICG and State Admin ongoing

5.00 PM: Rescue operations still on by the Indian Navy and the coast guard.

4.50 PM: Kerala 130 families from Chellanam, 17 families from Kumbalangi and 18 families from Edavanakad rehabilitated from the coastal areas.

4.40 PM: All possible steps initiated to rescue stranded fishermen: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

4.20 PM: The Ministry of Defence of India tweeted saying that Indian Navy and Indian coast guard have initiated
Search & Rescue of missing fishing boats with crew & Marine Engg vessel at sea due to Cyclone Ockhi off Kerala coast. Total 6 warships & 2 coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort tomorrow.

4.10 PM: Popular singer and celebrity Shreya Ghoshal tweets prying for the people affected by the Cyclone Ockhi.

4.00 PM: Video from unverified source shows twisters in Sri Lanka due to Cyclone Ockhi.

2: 45 pm: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan had yesterday directed the district collectors to coordinate government rescue operations.

2: 26 pm: Earlier in the day, relatives of missing fishermen mourn in Thiruvananthapuram, said they received no warnings of Cyclone Ockhi from the government.

2: 22 pm: WATCH VIDEO- Water logging after heavy rain in Thiruvananthapuram:

2: 06 pm: National Disaster Management Authority has informed: Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph very likely along & off Kerala during next 24 hrs, and along & off Karnataka coast during next 24 hrs.

2: 02 pm: As per the latest updates by ANI, in Tamil Nadu:

  • 5 people dead
  • 22 fishermen missing
  • 62 houses fully damaged
  • 240 houses partly damaged due to heavy rains, in Kanyakumari district.
  • 16 rehabilitation centres established by government in which 1044 people are being given shelter

1: 55 pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announces ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to kin of five people who died in rain related incidents in Kanyakumari district.

1: 50 pm: Cyclone Ockhi intensifies into a Severe Cyclone storm, Lakshadweep on high alert.

1: 45 pm: Gale winds reaching 110-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph very likely over & around Lakshadweep islands during next 24 hrs: National Disaster Management Authority

1: 33 pm: Rainfall at many places & heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over Kerala during next 24 hrs.

1: 26 pm: National Disaster Management Authority in informed anout Cyclone Red warning for Lakshadweep islands on their official Twitter account. It is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hrs.

1: 11 pm: In the latest update, 38 fishermen rescued by local efforts. Tamil Nadu government coordinates with IndianNavy and Indian Coast Guards and locates 24 fishermen and are being rescued.

1: 02 pm: 59 people stranded due to heavy rains rescued by Navy and coastal guards in Trivandrum

12: 56 pm: WATCH VIDEO- High tides seen at Lakshadweep coast

12: 42 pm: In case you missed, WATCH this VIDEO:

12: 35 pm: Vice president of Skymet took to Twitter and informed that Cyclone Ockhi will start weakening by December 3, while Gujarat will receive rain on December 6.

12: 23 pm: WATCH VIDEO– Water logging in Sthanumalayan Temple in Kanyakumari’s Suchindram.

12: 18 pm: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there were serious lapses from the side of state disaster management department. The alert from Hyderabad was not sent to the Government on time.

12: 12 pm: Indian Coast Guard‏ shared the pictures of recused fishermen on their official twitter account.

12: 08 pm: The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have rescued 33 fishermen and have located another 70 following the bad weather conditions that hit Kerala and Tamil Nadu coasts a day ago, a Minister said, reported IANS.

12: 02 pm: As per the latest update India Coast Guard Ships rescued 5 fishermen from the sea off Quilon (Kerala) Coast and coordinated Rescue of another 02 fishermen with passing Merchant Vessel 26 Nautical Miles off Vizhinjam.

11: 49 am: These rains have thrown the normal life out of gear and caused huge traffic jams across Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.

11: 40 am: During the past 24 hours, moderate to heavy rains with isolated very heavy spells lashed the state of Kerala.

11: 38 am: Holiday declared in parts of Sivaganga. As per the report by the Hindu, Sivaganga Collector G. Latha has declared a holiday for schools in five taluks in Sivaganga education district today.

11: 33 am: Rajnath Singh speaks to NDRF and reviewed the areas affected by Cyclone Ockhi. According to ANI, NDRF teams have been moved to the affected areas with several more on standby in case of further emergencies.

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