PM Modi to analyse Cyclone Ockhi affected areas tomorrow

ANI | Updated: Dec 18, 2017 23:36 IST

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] December 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he would visit Cyclone Ockhi affected areas in Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Kerala tomorrow to review the situation.

"Leaving for Mangaluru, Karnataka. Tomorrow, I will visit Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala and extensively review the situation that has arisen due to #CycloneOckhi. I will meet cyclone victims, fishermen, farmers, officials and public representatives," the Prime Minister tweeted.

He added the Centre is trying every possible measure to monitor the situation and ensure rescue operations.

"Since #CycloneOckhi struck, Centre has been monitoring the situation round the clock and ensuring proper rescue and relief operations. We have been working closely with the Governments of the affected states. We stand shoulder to shoulder with all those affected by the cyclone," the tweet read.

Meanwhile, Archbishop of the Latin Rite Archdiocese of Trivandrum, Soosa Pakiam today expressed contentment on Prime Minister Modi's decision to visit Cyclone Ockhi-affected areas and hoped for beneficial measures for fishermen.

Speaking to media here, the Archbishop said, "We all know that Cyclone Ockhi was an unfortunate one and we are going through its miserable effects. We're happy that Prime Minister has finally decided to visit and see the miserable experience of fishermen. We hope he declares some programs beneficial to the victims as huge number of fishermen in the coastal areas are in pain and going through agonizing experiences".

The prime minister is slated to review the situation arising in the aftermath of the cyclone and the status of relief operations at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram.

He will also meet with officials and public representatives.

The Prime Minister will also meet with cyclone victims, including fishermen and farmer delegations.

The cyclone has left a trail of destruction in southern and western India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, killing 115 people and leaving over 100 missing.

Earlier yesterday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi, requesting to declare a comprehensive special financial package for the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshwadeep to undertake rehabilitation in the wake of the cyclone. (ANI)