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Cyclone Ockhi batters Kerala: Death toll at 36, 96 fishermen still missing

Due to the cyclone, about 1,098 passengers had been stranded in ports of Kochi, Kozhikode and Mangaluru since Nov 30

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

Cyclone Ockhi
People take photographs of a large wave caused by Cyclone Ockhi in Mumbai, on Tuesday | Photo: Reuters

Three bodies were recovered this morning off the coast, taking the death toll due to to 36 even as rescue operations are going on in full swing to trace the 96 missing fishermen.

Sources in the State control room monitoring the rescue operations, said with the recovery of three more bodies, the death toll in due to the cyclone has gone up to 36 and 96 fishermen are yet to be traced.

While a body was recovered near by the Marine enforcement wing, two bodies were found by Coast Guard ship Vaibhav off Alappuzha-Kochi coast this morning, defence sources said.

An aircraft AN 32, flying between Kozhikode- Kochi coasts had sighted a fishing boat with about 15 fishermen this morning following which Navy has sent a Dornier aircraft and ship to the area which is close to islands, the sources said.

Meanwhile, shipping services from to began today with around 60 passengers boarding the high speed vessel from Beypore this morning.

M V Minicoy, the passenger vessel, berthed at Beypore had suffered some damage in the cyclone following which MMD officials had not granted travel clearance.

Yesterday, the high-speed vessel arrived at Beypore from the islands to ferry the passengers, the sources said.

Around 1,600 passengers were transported from Kochi to various islands of when the shipping services resumed on December 5, according to the sources.

Shipping services from Kochi to the Union Territory was stopped on November 30 to December 2, causing immense hardships to passengers.

From Mangaluru port, M V Amini Divi, will sail for Lakshadweep with 46 passengers tomorrow, the sources added.

Due to the cyclone, about 1,098 passengers had been stranded in the ports of Kochi, and Mangaluru since November 30.

First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 01:20 IST