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No threat to Goa from cyclone 'Ockhi'

No threat to Goa from cyclone 'Ockhi'

The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has asked civic bodies to be ready for rescue operations. "Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar will receive heavy rainfall".

Multiple forecasts said that Ockhi is likely to hit Lakshadweep Islands on December 2.

Chennai: Heavy rainfalls and winds battered Kanyakumari and have killed four people on Thursday. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea for the next 24 hours.

IMD has issued warnings about rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Tamil Nadu & south Kerala during next 24 hours and isolated heavy falls over interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala during subsequent 24 hours.

Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary in the Earth Sciences ministry, said in New Delhi that Lakshadweep in the southern part of the Arabian Sea will start experiencing heavy rainfall and strong winds from tomorrow.

Also, electricity personnel with necessary equipment have been rushed to restore power distribution that was affected due to trees falling over electric poles, he said.

State Police Chief Loknath Behra said directions have been issued to district police superintendents and coastal police to evacuate people stranded in low lying areas.

Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management R B Udhaya Kumar, deputed to Kanyakumari to take up relief work on a war footing, said people in the affected areas have been shifted to safer places. A holiday has been declared for schools.

At Vizhinjam, a woman was crushed under a tree, while in Kollam, an auto driver died after a tree fell on his auto.

A powerful storm coupled with heavy rains hit several parts of Sri Lanka, killing at least four persons and disrupting air traffic and essential services, authorities said today.

In a related development, the two-day visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who was to address a party meeting on the seashore near the airport here on Friday, has been postponed on account of the heavy rains. Appu Nadar, 75 and his wife Sumathi, 65 were electrocuted from an electric pole which was got uprooted by strong winds at Killi near Kattakada.

"We are anxious about the safety of the fisherman who had gone to sea".

According to media reports, seven fishing boats and one local fisherman, who ventured into the sea from Thiruvananthapuram district, earlier this morning, are "missing".

The Southern Naval Command was also gearing up for any humanitarian assistance and disaster relief that may be required in view of the cyclone in the southern parts of Kerala, defence statement added.


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