Chennai: At least eight people have lost their lives and more than 80 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing after Cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.
The Chennai collector has declared a holiday for schools across the city in view of the heavy rainfall warning from the MeT department. Besides Chennai, the authorities have closed schools Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Madurai, Theni, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur for the day.
The authorities in these state have taken several precautionary measures which include shutting down of school and colleges and issuing an advisory to people asking them to stay inside their houses.
While a high alert has already been sounded and the relief and rescue teams have been asked to be prepared to meet any eventuality, the fishermen have been advised not to venture into the high sea.
The Navy is also on standby for relief and rescue operations as southern districts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu brace for Cyclone Ockhi.
5 Navy ships have been deployed from Kochi, two ships are on standby in Lakshadweep. Two ships each belonging to the Indian Coast Guard have been deployed from Kochi.