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Cyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued

Cyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued

It also issued a warning to the local fishermen to remain off the sea. Besides, 138 fishermen have been rescued from Lakshadweep islands, he said.

Yesterday, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the reports of thousands of fishermen stranded in the cyclone were false and the number of missing Tamil Nadu fishermen was 97.

While the coast guard saved 71 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 114 from Kerala, merchant vessels and trawlers saved 36 off the coast of Kerala and Lakshwadeep islands.

Yesterday the India Meteorological Department claimed that cyclone Ockhi would intensify in the next 36 hours and move Northwest in the next three to four days.

As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in choppy waters off the Kerala and the Lakshadweep coasts due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said.

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) has reviewed rescue and relief operations being carried out in high seas and coastal areas hit by cyclone Ockhi.

He said he saw several bodies floating by when he was in mid sea.

According to the fishing community in Kanyakumari, over 1,000 fishermen went into the sea before Ockhi struck the southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

In addition, 80 fishing boats from Kerala, 45 from Karnataka and 15 from Goa have reached Devgarh, Malvan, Meriya Bandar and Karwar ports safely. "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. The navy, air force and coast guard personnel continued their search and rescue operations for missing fishermen for the second day on Saturday.


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