Kerala and Tamil Nadu are facing the wrath of cyclone Ockhi for the second day in a row, as heavy rain lashes on the southern and central districts of the states.
In Kerala, Ockhi has claimed four lives so far, 270 fishermen and 62 boats continue to be missing.
In Tamil Nadu meanwhile, over 500 trees were uprooted as a result of the cyclone in Kanyakumari district, killing seven residents. Over 825 people have been evacuated from low lying areas in the state. Disaster relief personnel are working round the clock to ensure safety of residents. Rain related deaths in Kerala has increased to five.
The cyclone is positioned at 60 km south of Kanyakumari and 120 km southwest of Thiruvananthapuram, as per reports. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), is predicting that it is likely to move towards the Lakshadweep Islands and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.
Emergency Operation Centre numbers, Kanyakumari District: 1077 , 04652231077 , 9442480028 , 9445008139