Cyclone Ockhi aftermath: Death toll goes up to 52 in Kerala; search for 95 missing fishermen continues

Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll due to Cyclone Ockhi, which hit the Kerala coast, rose to 52 on Tuesday as more bodies were recovered and the search for the missing fishermen in the high seas continued.

Officials at the state control room monitoring the search operations said six bodies were found off Kozhikode on Tuesday. Two bodies were found off Kochi on Monday night.

Of the total bodies recovered, 24 were found off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram and 10 off Kochi. Seven bodies were found off Kollam, six off Kozhikode, Malappuram two and one each from Thrissur, Kannur, and Kasaragod, they said.

Search operations would continue as 95 fishermen were still missing, official sources said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people to donate towards the Ockhi Cyclone Relief Fund set up by the state government for rehabilitation of the affected families.

Vijayan said employees of the state and central governments, private institutions and people in social and cultural fields should contribute generously to the fund.

He also said the help of individuals, institutions, and organisations was necessary as a huge amount was needed for taking up rehabilitation projects.

State fisheries minister J Mercykutty visited the Pozhiyur coastal area of the district to take stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of the Latin Catholic church Soosa Pakiam met governor P Sathasivam and raised various demands, including an intensive search for missing fishermen.

On Monday, hundreds of fishermen under the aegis of the Latin Catholic Church had taken out a march to the Raj Bhavan in support of their demands for a hike in the compensation amount.

The state government has announced a relief package for the affected victims, which, among other things, included Rs 20 lakh each to the families of those who died in the cyclone that ravaged the coast on 29-30 November.

The state government has also demanded a financial assistance of Rs 1,834 crore from the Centre in view of the loss suffered due to the cyclone.

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Updated Date: Dec 12, 2017 20:18:40 IST

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