Coast Guard rescues 198 TN fishermen stranded at sea

Gujarat polls PM Modi's Wednesday rally postponed in view of cyclone Ochki

Gujarat polls PM Modi's Wednesday rally postponed in view of cyclone Ochki

Jayakumar said 837 fishermen in 71 mechanised boats had safely reached the shores of Gujarat, Karnataka and Lakshadweep. 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.

Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee reviewed relief and rescue operations in states and union territories affected by the cyclone and took stock of preparedness activities in Maharashtra and Gujarat which are likely to be impacted by the cyclone. "I can see it", she said. The navy, air force and coast guard personnel continued their search and rescue operations for missing fishermen for the second day on Saturday.

"When the Tamil Nadu government issued a warning to the fishermen, what happened to our government, where were they?" asked an angry group of anxious relatives waiting to hear about their near ones at Vizhinjam near here. Accordingly, all coastal states and sea going community have been issued advisory by coast guard to take precaution against the weather conditions expected in coming days.

400 fishermen rescued as search continues.

"Many people have come back to their families.We have not stopped searching for them even now", she said, adding warships are also engaged in search operations.

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. State Fisheries minister, Mercykutty and Devaswom minister, Kadakampally Surendran accompanied Sitharaman.

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. "The Coast Guard Region (West) at Mumbai is assessing the impact of cyclone in the sea area".

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