1. Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rise to 19, over 600 fishermen rescued

Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rise to 19, over 600 fishermen rescued

Cyclone Ockhi, the first tropical storm of the season, over the districts in South Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep has claimed as many as 16 lives (as per media reports) as yet and dismantled the daily life completely

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2017 6:12 AM
Cyclone Ockhi may move towards Saurashtra coast (Source: Skymet Weather/ Twitter Handle)

Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: Cyclone Ockhi, the first tropical storm of the season, over the districts in South Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep has claimed as many as 16 lives, as per various media reports. It has also dismantled the daily life completely. The navy and the coast guards have launched full-fledged rescue operations saving more than 220 lives so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami late Friday night and inquired about the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi, which also battered parts of Kerala. PM Modi also assured “immediate assistance” to the CM. The leader of the opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare cyclone Ockhi as a national disaster. Heavy rains are possible to continue for another 24 hours over Lakshadweep Islands, as per Skymet. The cyclone is expected to start weakening only by December 4, according to IMD. The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard continued the search for missing fishermen using ships, dornier aircraft and helicopters in the “rough sea” off Kerala and Lakshadweep in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi. While INS Nireekshak, INS Jamuna and INS Sagardhwani are continuing search and rescue operations in their designated areas along the coast off Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, two ships INS Shardul and INS Sharda are heading towards Lakshadweep.

Here are the live updates:

11:00 PM: Indian Naval ships Chennai, Trikand & Kolkata are stationed around the islands with HADR materials. The ships are equipped with desalination plants & will be able to provide the islands fresh water as and when required: Commander Sridhar Warrier PRO (Defence), Kochi

10:52 PM: Total relief material would sustain approx 5000 persons for period of 7 days. Additionally all naval units in vicinity of L&M directed to provide fresh water in consultation with local admn. Additional units will also be deployed to augment water supply according to Commander Sridhar Warrier PRO (Defence), Kochi.

10:50 PM: In addition, 8 aircraft including long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8I deployed throughout the day on 3rd December. Total 55 persons were rescued today taking total rescued to 145. Weather conditions still adverse at Lakshadweep & Minicoy Island.

10:47 PM: Indian Navy’s rescue ops ongoing over the southeast Arabian Sea & Lakshadweep & Minicoy islands in aftermath of cyclone Ockhi. 10 naval ships including capital ships like Chennai & Kolkata deployed over southeast Arabian sea & L&M Islands says Commander Sridhar Warrier PRO (Defence), Kochi.

10:20 PM: Unfortunate that still some fishermen from Kerala & south Tamil Nadu are missing & didn’t return home. Rescue ops are in full swing by coast guard & Indian Navy. I’m sure with their efforts missing fishermen will be saved & brought back home very soon, he added.

10:14 PM: Cyclone Ockhi moved along Kerala and south Tamil Nadu coast and largely affected Lakshadweep. Now it has moved away from Lakshadweep & is about 1000 km southwest of Surat. The system is likely to move in northeasterly direction & gradually weaken: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan

10:10 PM: Eleven of the dead are from the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram.

9:49 PM: The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ lay centred today over east central and south east central Arabian Sea, they said. The death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala climbed to 19, with six more bodies being recovered.

9:33 PM: Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rise to 19, over 600 fishermen, stranded at sea off state’s coast rescued.

9:27 PM: Strong winds likely along, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry coasts, say MeT officials.

9:10 PM: “The sudden rise in the water created a fearful situation amongst the tourists specially the foreign guests who went back to the hotel and did not return. This has affected tourism on a promising weekend when we were expecting heavy footfalls,” said Manuel Cardoso, general secretary, Goa Traditional Shack Owners’ Association.

8:41 PM: Hotel owners also said that the water rushed into the beach shacks washing away beds put up on the shoreline. The beaches like Morjim in North Goa and Mobor in South Goa were among the worst hit due to the water surge, they added.

8:20 PM: High tides early morning reportedly due to the Ockhi cyclone that has hit Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep inundated several beach stretches in Goa, owners of hotels said.

8:05 PM: The cyclone may cause unusual rains in Mumbai, nearby areas, reports say.

7:46 PM: Rescue operation underway in Trivandrum. A total of 197 people have been rescued and 11 deaths have been reported so far in the city.

7: 20 PM: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman interacted with the locals of Kanyakumari and listened to their problems.

7: 02 PM: Cyclone Ockhi: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman listens to grievances of people at Suchindram.

6: 45 PM: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the current situation along with Deputy CM O .

6: 30 PM: Indian Coast Guard, on Patrol, at sea off Andaman & Nicobar Island rescued an endangered turtle.

6: 05 PM: With the help of the Centre, flights and ships are now being used in the rescue operations, says Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswamy

5: 42 PM: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives in Kanyakumari.

5: 35 PM: Cyclone Ockhi likely to lash Saurashtra coast in the next 48 hours and subsequently weaken. All fishermen are warned to not venture out and those already out to be contacted immediately to return says Collector Gir Somnath district.

5: 28 PM: Cyclone Ockhi: Nirmala Sitharaman heads to Koodankulam

5: 20 PM: Skymet Weather predicts the persistence of Cyclone Ockhi, says the cyclone is likely to move towards Gujarat.

5: 10 PM: Team of Indian Navy makes preparation in Kochi to fly to Lakshadweep for rescue operation. So far 25 people have been rescued from Lakshadweep.

5: 02 PM: 23 fishing vessels registered at took shelter at Miryabandar,  to avoid . personnel reached out to those fishermen for assistance.

4: 50 PM: In Lakshadweep, there have been a lot of losses, houses have lost their roofs, trees have fallen and boats capsized, Navy is conducting a massive search in the area says Commodore G Prakash, Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy as per a tweet by ANI.

4: 45 PM: We have rescued 25 people from Lakshadweep and picked 13 people off Kerala coast. Navy is continuing conducting a massive search for 8-10 ships off Kerala coast: Commodore G Prakash, Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy in  reports ANI.

4: 25 PM: Locals protest against ministers at Vizhinjam in Kerala alleging inefficient rescue efforts.

4: 12 PM: The Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force are doing an update on the search and rescue operations.

4: 10 PM: Skymet Weather predicts Kerala rains to reduce further, says only light showers with isolated moderate spells are anticipated.

3: 55 PM: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is on her way to visit cyclone-hit Kanyakumari to review the ongoing search and rescue operation.

3: 40 PM: Cyclone Ockhi: As many as 19 fishermen rescued by Indian Coast Guard were brought to Chellanam harbour in Kerala, as per a tweet by ANI.

3: 05 PM: MoS for Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam holds a discussion with CM of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan and officials on relief operations related to , reports Doordarshan news.

2: 45 PM: “There is no provision to declare this as a national calamity. The Centre will provide funds. If needed, more funds will be allocated,” said Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons. Alphons held a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other cabinet colleagues earlier in the day to discuss the rescue and rehabilitation operations, as per a report by IANS.

2:01 PM: O Panneerselvam visits Kanyakumari district to assess the impact of heavy rains.

1: 45 PM: Indian Coast Guards save five fishermen from a fishing vessel “Joyal”.

1: 14 PM: Moderate rain is expected at a few places in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry during next 24 hours. Fishermen are asked not to venture into deep sea of north Tamil Nadu & South Andhra coast till December 25th: S Balachandran, MET department.

12: 55 PM: MP Richard Hay visits the India Coast Guard Station headquarters in Vizhinjam (Kerala).

12: 45 PM: State minister Jayakumar said the task of recovering fishermen is still going on. “2,124 fishermen are safe in Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka. We are still looking for 97 fishermen,” he said, as per Thanthi TV.

12: 32 PM: Indian coast guard rescues 19 fishermen, NDMA issues alert for fishermen.

12: 10 PM: Indian Navy and Coastguards rescue fishermen from a capsized boat.

12: 00 PM: Four fishermen rescued and brought to safety, off Trivandrum coast by #IAF ALH aircraft. This was the second Search and Rescue mission of the day. Watch video:

11: 18 AMCyclone Ockhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman heads to Kanyakumari to oversee search and rescue operations, as per News 18. She will go to Kerala tomorrow.

11: 12 AM: Sea conditions would be ‘rough’ to ‘very rough’ along and off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts on December 4 and 5.

11: 05 AM: A stranded fishing vessel was taken under tow and  rescued by INS Sharda as per the spokesperson of The Indian Navy, Watch Video:

11: 00 AM: Rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over south Gujarat on December 5. Fishermen around Lakshadweep Islands are advised not to venture into the sea during next 24 hours.

10: 55 AM: The Very Severe #CycloneOckhi will continue its track north northwestwards during the next 12 hours and afterwards recurve northeastwards amid the subsequent 48 hours and weaken gradually, Skymet Weather reports.

10: 50 AM: Here is the latest alert issued for Lakshadweep Islands by India Meteorological Department: “The very severe cyclonic storm ‘OCKHI’ over Southeast Arabian Sea further moved north- northwestwards with a speed of 14 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of 03 rd December, 2017 over southeast and adjoining east-central Arabian Sea near Latitude 11.7º N and Longitude 69.2º E, about 390 km west-northwest of Amini Divi, 910 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 1120 km south-southwest of Surat. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards during next 12 hours and then recurve northeastwards during the subsequent 48 hours and weaken gradually.”

10: 40 AM: Indian Coast Guard rescues stranded fishermen off Kerala coast, Watch Video:

10: 25 AM: People protested in Nagercoil demanding water for their basic needs . Power supply was not restored for the fourth consecutive day.

10: 20 AM: As of today, 05:30 hours IST, the Very Severe #CycloneOckhi is over Southeast Arabian Sea near Latitude 11.1°N and Longitude 69.7°E, about 390 Km west-southwest of Amini Divi, 910 km south-southwest of #Mumbai and 1120 km south-southwest of #Surat reports Skymet Weather

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