Cyclone Ockhi moves towards Gujarat coast
Kochi: Cyclone Ockhi which has claimed 13 lives in Kerala has moved beyond Lakshadweep, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Ockhi is expected to travel towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours with a speed of 14 kmph.
The Revenue department has estimated the loss due to Cyclone Ockhi to over Rs 8 crore. As many as 1126 houses were hit in the fury of the cyclone and the village officials have been directed to assess the correct damage. The loss of boats, fishing nets may not account in the Revenue Department’s initial finding.
Agriculture under 938 hectares has been damaged, amounting to a loss of Rs 15 crore. 1138 farmers from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Wayanad suffered agriculture damages.
Naval ships from Mumbai, INS Chennai, Kolkata and Trikand have also sailed out for Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands (LAM) with HADR materials, a defence release said.
Rescue efforts are still continuing for the several fishermen who are yet to be traced. Rescue operations by the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard with the assistance of the state are going on.
The IMD release states that Lakshadweep will get heavy rainfall during the next 12 hours. Fishermen have ben advised to keep off the sea during the next 24 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off South Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts for 2 days.