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Cyclone Ockhi: Death toll at 42 as thousands march for missing fishermen

Cyclone Ockhi: Death toll at 42 as thousands march for missing fishermen

He added that the Tamil Nadu Government was taking all steps to help the fishermen community there.

The boats that returned on Sunday were the ones that reached the Lakshadweep coast when the cyclone intensified.

Daughters of Xavier, a fisherman who went missing after the cyclone. In the past 11 days, the Navy has searched four lakh square miles as part of their search and rescue operations. The chief minister brought to her notice the information provided by fishermen about bodies floating in deep sea.

"Nine ships and all available aircraft have continued the search operations".

The ministry, in a statement, said, "In the past 72 hours, search area was increased up to the coast of Maldives". INS Subhadra identified two capsized fishing vessels, Annei and AVM EP Turai.

The Centre and state governments should come out with a long-term comprehensive development scheme for the coastal people, he said.

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A sombre atmosphere prevailed in the coastal villages of Poonthura, Vizhinjam, Pozhiyur and Adimalathura near here as men, women and children gathered at the local churches to offer special prayers since 6am. Besides, there are another 4,148 families who have land but no house. Earlier, Mr Vijayan met union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and thanked her for the effective intervention during her visit to the cyclone-hit areas. Mr Rajnath responded positively to this demand, said the CM.

Black flags were hoisted near the church to mourn the dead.

The demonstrators also urged the Centre to develop more systematic and scientific measures to warn fishermen of similar calamities well in advance.

The fishermen are demanding a higher compensation package.

"I strongly condemn this apathy towards the fishermen community", the Archbishop said. "Our Kanyakumari #Chinnathurai 5 #Thoothur 2 fishermen travelling along with our @IndiaCoastGuard crews for this operation".

Ninetyfive persons are still missing, according to official sources. Clove plantation to the extent of 43 hectares was damaged due to the cyclone, he added.