Cyclone Ockhi: 165 families relocated in Kerala

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A report from Thiruvanathapuram said as many as 218 fishermen from Kerala, stranded in the sea off the coast due to inclement weather conditions, were brought safely to the shore on Friday even as the death toll rose to seven in the state.

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government today requested the Centre to deploy helicopters of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for the search and rescue of missing fishermen, mostly from Kanyakumari, in the wake of cyclone Ockhi.

As per satellite images, Cyclone Ockhi is likely to further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, Met department added.

The well-marked low pressure area over the north Sumatra coast and adjoining South Andaman sea persists along with cyclonic circulation.

Meanwhile, at least 1,044 persons in Kanniyakumari have been lodged in 16 relief camps while the number was 205 in two camps in Tirunelveli.

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Palaniswami told Singh that Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli had suffered the worst damage, and detailed the relief work being carried out in "full swing" there, it said.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu are facing the wrath of cyclone Ockhi for the second day in a row, as heavy rain lashes on the southern and central districts of the states.

Efforts were being undertaken on a "war footing" while power supply was being restored.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has pressed 10 ships and four aircrafts for carrying out search and rescue operations in the cyclone Ockhi affected areas of Kerala.

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