Cyclone Ockhi: Maha, Guj on high alert; Kerala toll at 25

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Chennai: The Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have rescued 357 fishermen including 71 from Tamil Nadu who were stranded due to cyclone Ockhi and 20 of their ships, 8 aircrafts and 5 helicopters are patrolling the Lakshadweep sea to search and rescue fishermen.

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

Panneerselvam inspected the Cyclone Ockhi-hit Kanniyakumari district on Sunday and claimed that the destruction was minimal, thanks to adequate precautionary measures taken by the State government.

High Alerts along Maharashtra, Mumbai Coast.

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.

The intensity of the cyclone is likely to weaken on Monday and subsequently on Tuesday. "We were thrown into the sea by the cyclone (Ockhi)".

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Another person said deep sea fishermen would remain in the sea for several days.

Asked about some bodies of fishermen being washed ashore in neighbouring Kerala, Mr. Jayakumar said it was hard to identify the bodies since they were decomposed.

Coast Guard District Headquarters in L&M islands has also reported that about twenty boats with 203 people onboard who have taken shelter to various islands in and near Lakshwadweep and regular contact is maintained with them to ascertain their well being.

In addition, 80 fishing boats from Kerala, 45 from Karnataka and 15 from Goa have reached Devgarh, Malvan, Meriya Bandar and Karwar ports safely.

Meanwhile, The Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force are engaged in rescue operations with their ships, aircraft and helicopters. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 400 fishermen stranded in the sea were rescued so far by the defence teams while the search and rescue for the rest of the missing fishermen continues in earnest.

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