Holiday declared in 5 districts in Tamil Nadu

Holiday declared in 5 districts in Tamil Nadu

Holiday declared in 5 districts in Tamil Nadu

Southern Kerala on Thursday afternoon was lashed by heavy rain and strong winds, causing trees to be uprooted at several places in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts that blocked traffic.

Cyclone Ockhi alert at Kerala coast: Coast guard and police put restrictions on Trivandrum coast. The Southern Naval Command has deployed Naval ships "Shardul", "Nireekshak", "Kabra" and "Kalpeni" and two aircraft based on the request received from the Thiruvananthapuram Collector for assistance.

The authorities have opened relief camps at various places to accommodate people being evacuated from the affected areas including coastal areas.

Manorama News reported that a larger boat that had rescued around 15 stranded fishermen was unable to come to the Thiruvananthapuram shores due to the turbulent sea and was moving towards the Kollam coast.

The Met has forecast heavy rains for Friday in southern Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep and also parts of Nicobar Islands.

Meanwhile Defence PRO Dhanya Sanal K confirmed that four ships of Indian Navy and 2 ships of Indian Coast Guard have already been deployed for the rescue operations. The system also had the potential of intensifying into a cyclonic storm around the latter part of the first week of December.

Schools and colleges in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Kanyakumari, Nellai, Theni, Dindigul, Madurai and Thoothukudihave been shut down and the authorities asked people to stay indoors in the wake of torrential rains and gusty winds.

According to an India Meteorological Department bulletin issued at 08.30 am today, Ockhi continues to move to move west-northwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph. Rainfall of 7 cm to 11 cm is expected in the next 48 hours.

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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