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Cyclone Ockhi: 4 killed in Tamil Nadu; Kerala on high alert

SNS | New Delhi |

Four people were killed in Tamil Nadu due to heavy rains, which lashed on southern parts of India after deep depressions were sighted along the Bay of Bengal turned into cyclone ‘Ockhi’.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala are on high alert after incessant rains and strong winds lashed several areas of the states, according to media reports.

Cyclone Ockhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, IMD,
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Authorities have closed schools and requested people to stay indoors to prevent any further casualties, with Tamil Nadu district declaring holidays for school and colleges.

Authorities have also cautioned fishermen not to venture out in the sea.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) posted image of cyclone warning for south Kerala, adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep Islands.

Ockhi is likely to gather strength in the next 24 hours to become a severe cyclonic storm as it moves towards the Lakshadweep Islands, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

“The cyclone Ockhi is fast moving towards Lakshadweep and its intensity is not weakened yet. Due to this heavy rains are expected in southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala,” the IMD said in a statement.

According to media reports, seven fishing boats and one local fisherman, who ventured into the sea from Thiruvananthapuram district, earlier this morning, are ‘missing’.

State Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Response Force are  deployed and are in standby mode in multiple areas.

The name Ockhi was given by Bangladesh, which means ‘eye’ in Bengali language.