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Did this Kerala man actually predict Cyclone Ockhi's imminent arrival? Video

Around 240 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, 250 from Kerala and 1,047 people in Lakshadweep have been rescued till now from the seas in searches after Cyclone Ockhi hit the coasts, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) said.

Navy helicopters have launched search operations to locate the missing fishermen.

Though the Union tourism minister had earlier backed the Kerala government's contention that they had not received any prior warning about the cyclone, he later clarified that the central agencies had given necessary alerts on 28 and 29 November itself.

A Coast Guard (CG) advisory in Mangaluru said the status of weather and sea conditions should be checked on television, radio, newspapers and smart phone applications before venturing out into the sea. He said the warning was issued only at 12 noon on November 30. "Search and rescue operations would continue".

As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in the choppy waters off the Kerala and the Lakshadweep coasts due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today.

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He also said that 90 fishermen from the state were yet to be brought back to the shores. The Union Minister later visited nearby Poonthura, a coastal hamlet where fishermen are protesting alleging delay in rescue. A Japanese merchant vessel rescued 60 fishermen. The meeting was also attended by the officials of Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Defence, Indian Navy, India Air Force, Indian Coast Guard, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Indian Meteorological Department, etc.

Relief work: Residents being rescued from a flooded neighbourhood at Suchindram in Kanyakumari district on Friday. Coast Guard ships were also engaged in rescue efforts.

Earlier on Monday, IMD had said that Ockhi will weaken gradually into a deep depression by the time it reaches the Gujarat and Maharashtra coasts around December 5 midnight. Meanwhile, scattered light rains may occur over parts of Tamil Nadu and South Kerala. All fishermen are safe and officials are looking after them with utmost care, the chief minister said.

Fishermen from the islands have been advised not to venture out into the rough seas, while their counterparts on the along the Tamil Nadu coast have been told not to go out into the deep seas tomorrow and the day after.

Two houses near the seashore at Ullal were completely destroyed by the waves while another one was partially damaged.

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