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Cyclone Ockhi: 700 fishermen rescued, says Defence Min

Cyclone Ockhi: 700 fishermen rescued, says Defence Min

New Delhi [India]: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday confirmed that Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard have successfully rescued 700 fishermen including five Sri Lankan nationals affected by cyclone Ockhi.

Addressing the 90th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here, Sitharaman said, “The search and rescue operation by Indian Navy, Indian Air Force & Indian Coast Guard has rescued 700 fishermen (including five Sri Lankan nationals) as of 5 PM today”.

Meanwhile, a family from Kanyakumari expressed their distress over the missing of five male members after the Cyclone Ockhi.

Speaking to ANI, the kin said, “We don’t know how we will earn our livelihood now, all the men of our family who were the breadwinners have been missing since the cyclone.”

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also called upon all political parties, institutions and the public to donate generously to the special fund.

The severe cyclone has left a trail of destruction in India, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

In India, the cyclone struck the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra and Gujarat killing more than 64 people and displacing over hundreds. (ANI)