Chennai Rains: Cyclone Ockhi uproots trees, destroys houses in Kanyakumari

Chennai, November 30: A depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone, dubbed Cyclone Ockhi on Thursday . It will bring more heavy rainfall to Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, and parts of Kerala.

In a weather advisory at 10 am, the IMD or Indian Meteorological Department had issued a cyclone alert for Lakshadweep Islands. Coastal Tamil Nadu has been experiencing heavy showers since yesterday. Schools in seven districts including Thoothukudi or Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar are closed today. The depression was last centered  170 km south-east of Kanyakumari.

 

Chennai received up to 6 cm of rain between 8:30 last night and 8:30 this morning. The IMD said it expects rainfall at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala during next 24 hours and isolated heavy falls during the subsequent 24 hours.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off south Tamil Nadu, south Kerala coasts and Lakshadweep islands. Sea conditions are expected to be very rough in the area, the weather office said.

The IMD also said it expects damage to power and communication lines due to falling tree branches and uprooted trees. It also warned those living in thatched huts of damage and minor damage to pucca roads. As a precaution, all schools in Kerala have been closed post noon.

As per weathermen at Skymet Weather, Moderate to heavy showers are expected to persist over the city of Chennai during the next 24 to 48 hours. The prevailing situation will continue to remain the same for at least some time now.

 

The Chennai weather twitter handle reported today that the Deep Depression over the Comorin sea will move towards the Arabian sea and will further intensify into a cyclone. The report stated that the impact for Tamil Nadu is minimal from this cyclone.

The Tamil Nadu state disaster management agency reported  985 electric poles and more than 500 trees fallen in Kanyakumari and added that 2 districts of state disaster response fund have been deployed to meet any eventuality

 

Edited by Avantika Gupta with Agency Inputs