ICG issues warning as cyclone Ockhi heads for Maharashtra, Gujarat

Rescue operations for fishermen on since 6:30 am on Friday heavy rains to go on for next 12 hours says IMDTwitter

The review meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, took stock of the situation in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep, officials said.

The intensity of the cyclone is likely to weaken on Monday and subsequently on Tuesday.

Alert has been issued for fishermen in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

According to Skymet Weather, the cyclonic storm is expected to move northwestwards towards Gujarat and Maharashtra before gradually weakening.

As many as 40 boats carrying fishermen stranded in the Arabian sea following the outbreak of the Cyclone Ockhi reached the coast off Veraval in Gujarat on Monday.

Commodore G Prakash, Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy told reporters in Kochi that the Indian Navy has rescued 25 people from Lakshadweep and picked 13 people off the Kerala coast.

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The government agencies at the centre and the affected States are regularly monitoring the cyclonic storm and are conducting necessary relief and rescue operations. "Rescue operations are continuing" she said in a tweet.

Hundreds of women protested on the roads in Neerodi village, demanding the authorities trace their loved ones who are still missing since Ockhi struck southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala on November 30. "We were thrown into the sea by the cyclone (Ockhi)".

"I was hanging on in the deep sea unable to move for two nights and three days, and only today help came from a passing boat and I was saved".

"I appealed to them that the search operations with even warships are going on and will continue till the last of the missing fishermen is brought back".

Coastal guards said 516 fishermen in the boats were safe, Manorama News reported. "The Central Government have deployed Coast Guard - Ships (10), Aircraft (3), Helicopters (1); Navy - Ships (10), Aircraft (2), Helicopters (2); Airforce - Aircraft (1), Helicopters (3) for rescue and relief", a government statement said.

Meanwhile, The Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force are engaged in rescue operations with their ships, aircraft and helicopters.


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