All possible steps initiated to rescue stranded fishermen: CM


Team Udayavani, Dec 1, 2017, 3:29 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has initiated all possible steps to rescue fishermen stranded in rough sea off the state coast due to cyclone ‘Ockhi’, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said.

Talking to reporters here after a meeting that reviewed the situation, he said though the exact number of stranded fishermen was yet to be known, the government initiative was to bring all of them to the shore without any delay.

Vijayan said 70 fishermen in sea had already got in touch with rescue teams. But, the teams could not reach them due to inclement weather, he said. Official sources said around 50 fishermen had already been rescued by the joint team of the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

According to a rough estimate, nearly 200 fishermen here had gone out for fishing last day and yet to return. Vijayan said the state has requested the Defence Ministry to deploy more aircraft for rescue operations in view of the cyclone moving towards Lakshadweep.

The existing aircraft were not enough to tackle the problems in coastal Kerala and the archipelago. He said rescue operations were also getting delayed as some of the fishermen in sea were not ready to return to shore by leaving their boats there.

“It is causing some problem. But, it shows that they are safe and efforts to supply food and water to them were on”, he said. Vijayan also cautioned fishermen not to venture into sea for rescuing fellow fishers as the sea was very rough.

The state government received the cyclone warning yesterday afternoon and started its relief and rescue measures immediately, he said. Quoting weather forecast, Vijayan said the present situation was likely to continue till tomorrow.

However, he said at present the cyclone was moving 200 km away from the state’s shore. It was located 70 kms from the state coast yesterday that triggered heavy rain and wind, he said. The state had also sought the help of Merchant Navy and two of their ships also rescued 10 fishermen from the sea.

Meanwhile, local people in the coastal hamlets of Poonthura and nearby areas of state capital blocked roads demanding urgent steps to rescue those stranded in the sea.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

BRICS must live up to commitments to sovereign equality and territorial integrity: Jaishankar

Kaup: 63-year-old man commits suicide

Man accused in rape case roams scot free even after FIR in K’taka

We monitor such developments: MEA on reports of China building 2nd bridge in Pangong Tso region

Afghan Taliban order women TV anchors to cover their faces

Bengaluru rains: Former CM raises ‘sinking’ image of city with Bommai

Headmistress sent to jail in Assam for bringing cooked beef to school


Related Articles More

Heavy rain leads to water logging in Dimapur airport, flights cancelled

BRICS must live up to commitments to sovereign equality and territorial integrity: Jaishankar

We monitor such developments: MEA on reports of China building 2nd bridge in Pangong Tso region

Amritsar-Jamnagar greenfield corridor targeted to be completed by Sept 2023: Gadkari

Centre giving 2,000 additional paramilitary personnel to Punjab, says CM Maan

MUST WATCH

Important Health Tips Must Watch

Storks enjoy agriculture activity

UT Khadar Drives bus | Inauguration

NEWS BULLETIN 18-05-2022

School Students between clash video viral


Latest Additions

Heavy rain leads to water logging in Dimapur airport, flights cancelled

BRICS must live up to commitments to sovereign equality and territorial integrity: Jaishankar

Kaup: 63-year-old man commits suicide

Man accused in rape case roams scot free even after FIR in K’taka

We monitor such developments: MEA on reports of China building 2nd bridge in Pangong Tso region

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.