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Coast Guard rescues 198 TN fishermen stranded at sea

Coast Guard rescues 198 TN fishermen stranded at sea

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today called up Tamil Nadu and Kerala chief ministers and assured them of all help in dealing with the situation arising out of Cyclone Ockhi while the National Crisis Management Committee reviewed rescue and relief operations.

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.

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday said a total of 2,604 fishermen out of the 2,864 caught in the cyclone Ockhi have been rescued and search for the remaining 260 is on.

Yesterday, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the reports of thousands of fishermen stranded in the cyclone were false and the number of missing Tamil Nadu fishermen was 97.

The government agencies at the centre and the affected States are regularly monitoring the cyclonic storm and are conducting necessary relief and rescue operations.

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The cyclone has ravaged a large part of coastal areas there. "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.

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. However, 96 fishermen are still missing and a search is on to locate them.

"As Coast Guard continues its efforts for rescue of stranded fishermen at sea, two ships of Coast Guard viz. ICGS Sarathi and ICGS Samar have saved ten lives by rendering timely assistance and taking survivors onboard", said a press release by the Indian Coast Guard. A total of 20 fishermen from the state were rescued while the toll in Ockhi-related incidents was officially put at 25.

The boats, now docked at Mirya Bunder in Ratnagiri were from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka.


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