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Cyclone Ockhi leaves 8 dead in India’s Tamil Nadu, Kerala; heads for Lakshadweep

CHENNAI — At least eight people died and more than 80 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing after Cyclonic Ockhi lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Southern India with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Ockhi is currently hovering 130 km west-southwest of Trivandru and now heading for Lakshadweep.

Schools in seven districts across the two states have been closed. The authorities in these state have taken several precautionary measures issuing an advisory to people and asking them to stay inside their houses.

Rescue teams have been asked to be prepared to meet any eventuality, the fishermen have been advised not to venture into the high sea.

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According to media reports, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea in Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu. Heavy showers are likely to continue for the next 24 hours.

Indian Navy has dispatched three ships and two aircraft to locate six fishing boats and a Maritime Engineering vessel that went missing near Vizhinjam due to cyclonic conditions here.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also issued a list of do’s and dont’s for people in the most-affected areas and asked them not to panic in during such situations asking people to listen to radio, watch television for weather updates and have an emergency kit ready.


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