C'garh CM offers help to Cyclone Ockhi affected people

ANI | Updated: Dec 04, 2017 20:35 IST

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], December 4 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday offered to send 100 metric tonnes of rice for the Cyclone Ockhi affected people in Lakshadweep.

The chief minister in a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh offered to extend help by sending rice for the victims.

Earlier in the day, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar sent Rs 2 crores from the Chief Minister Fund to the Prime Minister Fund for the relief of victims.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also met the fishermen families affected by Cyclone Ockhi at Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram and assured them that the search and rescue operations are being conducted with full force.

She informed that, so far, 357 fishermen, including 71 from Tamil Nadu, who had been stranded in the sea due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued.

On November 2, the Tamil Nadu authorities stated that the total number of deaths caused due to the cyclone has reached 19.

The state department also said that at least 690 people have been rescued so far, while 96 were still missing.

It further stated that 63 people have been hospitalised, while 74 houses have been fully damaged and 1,122 houses partially damaged.

The deadly cyclone, which has claimed many lives, lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday with torrential rainfall and gusty winds. (ANI)