Deaths reported as heavy downpour begins due to cyclone Ockhi; heres more
There have been some deaths also reported in rain-related incidents as heavy rains pummeled coastal Tamil Nadu today after a depression in the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm called Cyclone Ockhi about 60 km from the southern tip of the state.
A depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone on Thursday.
The Indian weather department has warned cyclone Ockhi is approaching Lakshadeep.
There have reports of heavy rainfall in most of the isolated places of south Tamil Nadu & south Kerala, which will likely to continue for the next 24 hours.
Lakshadweep is expected to receive heavy rainfall and which is expected to intensify over the next 48 hours.
Damage is expected in south Kerala (Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanathitta, Thiruvananthapuram districts), adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu (Kanyakumari, Tutukudi and Tirunelveli districts), the weather department said.
In Lashadeep, damage to power and communication lines due to the breaking of tree branches and uprooting of trees.
The Met department has also warned major damage to mud houses and minor damage to roads.
Fishermen along & off Lakshadweep Islands have been advised not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours.>