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Cyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued

Cyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued

The cyclone is expected to make landfall on the coast of Maharashtra within the next 48 hours.

The IMD has warned fishermen in the Maharashtra and Gujarat area not to venture into the sea.

As many as 40 boats carrying fishermen stranded in the Arabian sea following the outbreak of the Cyclone Ockhi reached the coast off Veraval in Gujarat on Monday.

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According to the government, 220 fishermen from Kanyakumari district were rescued out of 294 who went missing due to cyclone while fishing. "Expected to recurve and head towards Gujarat and Maharashtra", the Indian Coast Guard has said.

Yesterday the India Meteorological Department claimed that cyclone Ockhi would intensify in the next 36 hours and move Northwest in the next three to four days.

Tamil Nadu State Revenue Control Room has said a total of 690 people have been rescued so far.

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The review meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, took stock of the situation in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Lakshadweep, officials said.

Hundreds of women protested on the roads in Neerodi village, demanding the authorities trace their loved ones who are still missing since Ockhi struck southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala on November 30. Prior to this, 68 fishing boats with 952 fishermen on board were rescued. "There are indications that low-lying areas may see a water surge intermittently at Kollam, Alappuzha, Kochi, Ponnani, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod", said KSDMA officials.

"An update on the search and rescue efforts being done by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force to save the lives of fishermen affected by #CycloneOckhi: 357 fishermen have been saved as of 10 am today", defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman who visited the cyclone-hit Kanyakumari district on Sunday evening, tweeted. A total of 20 fishermen from the state were rescued while the toll in Ockhi-related incidents was officially put at 25. In the eastern seaboard region, the release said, nine ships and two aircrafts were taking up search and rescue operations.

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