PM Modi reaches Kerala, will visit Cyclone Ockhi-hit areas

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PM Modi reaches Kerala, will visit Cyclone Ockhi-hit areas

Posted on : Tuesday 19th of December 2017

Thiruvananthapuram: Prime minister Narendra Modi landed in Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on Tuesday to review the situation in the state after Cyclone Ockhi battered the southern coastal districts. He was received by Kerala governor P Sathasivam and chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Modi then left for Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu by helicopter.

He flew in from Lakshadweep after chairing a high-level meeting to discuss impact of Cyclone Ockhi at Kavaratti.

Modi, who reached the island Tuesday morning, was received by top officials of the Lakshadweep administration and public representatives, including Lakshadweep MP Muhammed Faizal.

"PM @narendramodi reviewed the situation arising due to #CycloneOckhi at a high-level meeting in Lakshadweep," a tweet by the prime minister's office said.

Earlier Tuesday, youngsters of Lakshadweep extended a warm welcome to the prime minister.

During his visit to the southern states, Modi will visit coastal Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram where he will meet officials and public representatives as well as the cyclone victims, including the fishermen, and farmers' delegations.

The prime minister would also get a first hand report from the some of the affected fishermen, district officials at Kanyakumari told PTI.

Modi to visit Poonthura

Modi would visit Poonthura, a fishing village in Thiruvananthapuram from where some of the deceased fishermen hailed.

Chief secretary K M Abraham would also give a presentation on the calamity and the devastation caused in coastal regions of the state capital, including Poonthura, Vizhinjam, Pozhiyur and Adimalithura.

After the meeting, the prime minister will leave for Delhi.

The Kerala chief minister had earlier met union home minister Rajnath Singh and sought central assistance of Rs 1,843 crore.

The state also wanted the Center to declare the devastation caused by the cyclone as a national disaster.

According to government estimates, 70 people have so far lost their lives in Kerala in the cyclone and around 105 are still missing.

Meanwhile, search operations are continuing for the missing fishermen with the state government seeking support of local boat owners.

The government has decided to extend the search operations up to Goan shores.

The cyclone that hit the state on November 29-30 had also caused large-scale damage to crops and property.

Courtesy : Manorama

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