Thiruvananthapuram: Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will reach Kerala this afternoon to ascertain the conditions after Cyclone Ockhi which left a trail of destruction and damage in the state. The Navy said that the extent of damage due to the cyclone is huge and the minister is visiting the place to take stock of the situation and ascertain the ground realities.

The minister will reach the IAF’s technical area at Shanmugham at about 3 in the evening and will be in the state for 2 days.

The Defence minister will also visit Kanyakumaari and the coastal districts by road to understand the extent of damage. She will try to evaluate the number of fishermen who have actually ventured into the deep sea.

Returning back to Thiruvananthapuram, she will visit the cyclone-hit areas of Thiruvananthapuram. In case of emergency, the army too may be called in for rescue efforts. The Navy and Coast Guard are presently aiding in rescue efforts.