Warships sent to Tamil Nadu, Kerala to battle damage by cyclone
After killing 13 people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Cyclone Ockhi has now moved to Lakshadweep. This is good news for the people in these two states, who have suffered due to the damage caused by the cyclone.
Many fishermen are still missing and warships have been sent to search for bodies and fishing boats that have gone missing.
Ockhi will now travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to weather officials. But the intensity will be much reduced.
Over 500 fishermen, who were stuck in the sea off Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts, have been rescued. The Kerala government has announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the families of those who died in the storm.
Rescue operations are still on with the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard working together. 60 fishermen are still missing and the Navy has been called in for their rescue.
Family members of the fishermen who are missing blocked the National Highway in Poonthura in Thiruvananthapuram, accusing the government of delaying rescue efforts.