Ockhi cyclone: Kerala CM thanks PM Modi for his support

Ockhi cyclone: Kerala CM thanks PM Modi for his support”

In his letter, Mr.Vijayan thanked the Prime Minister for visiting the cyclone-affected areas and in providing support for the search and rescue operations for the missing fishermen. Among the fishermen saved, 453 were from Tamil Nadu, 362 from Kerala and 30 from Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands.

A UDF representative team under the leadership of KPCC president M M Hassan has held a discussion with the Central team that came to Kerala to take stock of the damages caused by the Ockhi cyclone in the state. The UDF team consisted of former ministers Shibu Baby John and V Surendran Pillai, former member of state planning board and CMP leader C P John, Muslim League leader Bheemapally Rashid, forward block state president Ram Mohan, MLAs V S Sivakumar, and M Vincent.

They will be also be visiting Kollam, Alapuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram districts of Kerala and Kanyakumari in Tamilnadu.The team will be present for 4 days in the state and is scheduled to have detailed discussion with the state administration and forces.

The assurance of the prime minister that the Ockhi disaster relief and rehabilitation package in such adverse conditions offers a ray of hope for the state, the chief minister said.

The cyclone had caught many fishermen off guard after it formed quickly in the Arabian Sea in early December.

The team had Tuesday visited Poonthura fishing hamlet, among the worst affected.

Additional secretary (Disaster Management) Bipin Mallick told reporters that the state government had sought an immediate assistance of Rs 423 crore of which Rs 133 crore would be released soon.

Mallick heard the woes of the fisherfolk.

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