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Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala fishermen launch their own rescue operations, say 'authorities failed miserably'

Thiruvananthapuram: The fishermen community on Sunday decided to launch their own rescue operations as 55 boats ventured into the sea to search for the 115 missing fishermen.

According to the latest reports, the cyclone Ockhi has claimed the lives of 10 persons with 475 fishermen rescued so far.

 Cyclone Ockhi: Kerala fishermen launch their own rescue operations, say authorities failed miserably

Fishermen families wait for those who are yet to return home at Vizhinjam harbour. PTI

Rescue teams decided to step up their operations after a body in a highly decomposed state was recovered near the Vizhinjam coast.

The boats, 40 from Poonthura and 15 from Vizhinjam, left the shores with food and water.

State tourism minister K Surendran and fisheries minister J Mercykutty Amma have been engaged in rescue and rehabilitation operations since 30 November and coordinating with the navy, air force and coast guard officials.

However, anger was mounting in coastal villages as they were unhappy with the authorities failing to take precautions before the cyclone hit the state.

"The authorities have failed miserably and the relief camps are also poorly managed with even the basic facilities not available. We have been demanding opening of a control room in our area but nothing has happened," said a Poonthura resident.

The fishermen have blocked traffic on Sunday in agitation.

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Updated Date: Dec 03, 2017 11:19:24 IST