Cyclone Ockhi: TN requests Centre for Navy, CG copters for search & rescue

Cyclone Ockhi: TN requests Centre for Navy, CG copters for search & rescue

Cyclone Ockhi: TN requests Centre for Navy, CG copters for search & rescue

Cyclonic storm Ockhi ravaged the Lakshadweep islands and left hundreds of families in Kerala in relief camps.

According to an ANI report, a P8I aircraft, Navy Dornier and Coast Guard Dornier are also airborne for search and rescue along with helicopter with divers. The cyclone has wrecked havoc in South Kerala coast with severe damage to coastal area and had endangered lives of fishermen operating at sea. Vijayan announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of kin of victims who died in rainrelated incidents in the state.

Apprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister E Palaniswami said Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli were the worst affected.

"The fishermen are not ready to forsake their boats and return to the coast via rescue ships", he said.

"The chief minister requested (Singh) that the Coast Guard and Navy should continue assisting the state government in swiftly rescuing the fishermen who have not returned so far, and that helicopters of Coast Guard and Navy should be deployed for this objective", the release said.

Meanwhile, DMK working president M K Stalin wrote to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the issue of rescuing the stranded fishermen. Earlier, The Tamil Nadu government said it will soon seek central funds for the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi in the southern parts of the state, with Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts being the worst hit.

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