Ockhi unleashes rain fury in south Tamil Nadu, Kerala; 8 dead

10-day rainfall forecast for South India

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said the cyclonic storm Ockhi has intensified into severe cyclone and lies at about 110 kilometer northeast of island Minicoy and likely to cross Lakshadweep during next 24 hours. "Total 6 warships & 2 coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort tomorrow".

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has deployed five ships from Kochi while two are already on standby in Lakshadweep.

In a series of tweets, Sitharaman further informed that six warships and two coast guard ships have been deployed along with additional air effort. The Southern Naval Command was also gearing up for any humanitarian assistance and disaster relief that may be required in view of the cyclone in the southern parts of Kerala. Four trains were partially cancelled due to cyclonic wind and incessant torrential rain between Nagercoil-Kanyakumari, Nagercoil Thiruvnanthpuram and Nagercoil-Tirunelveli sections.

Besides Chennai, the authorities have closed schools Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur for the day.

Collector K.S. Kandasamy has declared a holiday for schools in Tiruvannamalai district due to heavy rain.

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In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea.

During next 48 hours high velocity winds up to the speed of 55 km to 65 km per hour are expected in southern Kerala. Heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in Kerala during next 24 hours as well.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) posted image of cyclone warning for south Kerala, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands.

The report added that Kerala can expect heavy winds that can reach up to speeds of 85 kmph along South Kerala coast.

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