Cyclone Ockhi: 531 fishermen rescued

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As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, "The severe cyclonic storm Ockhi is now laid centred about 850 km south-southwest of Surat and is likely to cross south Gujarat and adjoining North Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by mid night of December 5".

Alert has been issued for fishermen in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

A total of 357 fishermen, including 71 from Tamil Nadu, stranded in sea due to Cyclone Ockhi, were rescued, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday. Advisories have been issued to all coastal states, including Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, for adequate preparedness against effects of the cyclone.

The intensity of the cyclone is likely to weaken on Monday and subsequently on Tuesday.

The cyclone has claimed 13 lives and 115 people are still missing.

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The government said search operations were being carried out to locate and rescue the remaining fishermen and their boats.

400 fishermen rescued as search continues.

Meanwhile, some fishermen in Kanyakumari district have said that the Indian Coast Guard personnel was carrying out search operations only within 40 nautical miles from the shore and not venturing into deep sea, 200 nautical miles from the shore, where many fishermen go for deep sea fishing.

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. "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.

"Eighteen fishing boats and 198 fishermen from Tamilnadu have taken safe shelter in Lakshadweep and Mincioy Group of Islands (western coast)", an official release said. "The Central Government have deployed Coast Guard - Ships (10), Aircraft (3), Helicopters (1); Navy - Ships (10), Aircraft (2), Helicopters (2); Airforce - Aircraft (1), Helicopters (3) for rescue and relief", a government statement said.

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