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Heavy rain continues to batter Kerala under influence of Cyclone Ockhi; Relief & rescue operations on in Tamil Nadu

Chennai,Dec 2:-- As rainfall triggered by cyclone Ockhi continues in southern part of Kerala the death toll in rain-related incidents in the state has risen to 7. Met department has said that cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is moving near Lakshadweep islands.

 

High alert is declared in coastal regions of Kerala and Lakshadweep islands as heavy rain and storm is predicted in the coming 24 hours.

AIR correspondent reports, the state authorities said that round 223 fishermen from Kerala, stranded in the sea were brought safely to the shore by combined forces of navy, coast guard and state police.

 

Even though the sea continued to be rough, rescue operations are in full swing for finding the rest of the missing Fishermen .

 

The state government has opened 29 relief camps in various places and around 2500 people are there in camps according to government sources.

 

High alert is declared in 9 districts of Kerala coast as there is a possibility of "huge waves" till Saturday evening. Many areas are facing sea erosion and major rivers of the southern Kerala are overflowing .

Meanwhile, heavy rain is lashing the Lakshadweep island and widespread damage is being reported from there.

 

In Tamil Nadu, the cyclone Ockhi has ravaged the southern district of Kanyakumari, affecting normal life.

 

Two units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and seven units of the State Force are pressed into salvage operations for the third day on Saturday.

 

Hectic efforts continue for replacing about 4000 damaged electric poles to restore power supply in the district.

 

Search missions are being carried out by the Indian Coast Guard to look for the missing fishermen who ventured out into the sea from different fishing harbours.

 

Reports say the death toll due to cyclone Ockhi in Kanyakumari district has risen to ten.

 

Mobile medical teams have been pressed into service in affected areas.

 

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has assured that normalcy in the district will be restored soon.

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