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

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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.

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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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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