PM Modi to visit cyclone Ockhi-affected Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep tomorrow

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Dec 18, 2017, 21:20 IST


During his visit, the PM will meet officials and public representatives, and victims, including fishermen and farmer delegations

Cyclone made landfall on Lakshadweep on December 2

It has claimed 85 lives, while 600 fishermen are still missing

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday visit Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, to take stock of the situation left behind by cyclone Ockhi.

He will review the status of relief operations at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari, and Thiruvananthapuram. During his visit, he will also meet officials and public representatives, and victims, including fishermen and farmer delegations.

The cyclone, which made landfall on Lakshadweep on December 2, has so far claimed 71 lives in Kerala and 14 in Tamil Nadu.

Thousands of houses and large areas of standing crops were damaged due to the cyclone.

The rescue and relief operations have helped in the evacuation of over 2,391 people from Tamil Nadu and 8,566 from Kerala, while over 600 fishermen of both the states are still missing after the cyclone rampaged through parts of south and western India.

A house-to-house verification process is underway to estimate the number of the missing fishermen.

The government has so far set up 112 relief camps for the affected people. It also deployed 13 Ships, 4 Aircrafts and 1 Helicopter of Coast Guard, 10 Ships, 4 Aircraft and 5 Helicopters of Navy and 1 Aircraft and 3 Helicopters of Air Force for rescue and relief.

In the aftermath of the cyclone, the Centre released 2nd instalment of the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), equivalent to Rs 153 crore for Kerala and Rs 561 crore for Tamil Nadu, to supplement the efforts undertaken by the state governments.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought Rs 1,843 crore from the Central government to mitigate the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi. Kerala has also demanded Rs 300 crore for immediate relief.