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At least 8 dead as Cyclone Ockhi lashes Tamil Nadu and Kerala

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NEW DELHI:
Heavy rains claimed atleast 8 lives in the two states as cyclonic Ockhi intensified. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed the formation of a cyclone named Ockhi, predicting severe rainfalls in South Tamil Nadu and Kerala regions over the next 24 hours. The cyclone is expected to turn 'severe' with an estimated wind speed of 65-75 Kms per hour.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has issued an emergency alert in Southern regions of Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, and Ramanathapuram. Fishermen in the coastal regions were warned to not venture out in the rough sea for the next two days.

Speaking to the media, Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mr. S Balachandran said, "We have identified a depression in the deep sea yesterday. It has intensified and turned into a cyclonic storm at around 8.30 AM in the morning. The depression was first located at a point which is 70 Kms from Kanyakumari".

The cyclone is expected to move further north-westwards towards the Lakshwadeep and will hit the islands on December 2.

As per the updates received from the IMD, parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfalls for the next 24 hours due to cyclone Ockhi. This comes as a bad news to the residents of Tamil Nadu, who are yet to recover from the heavy downpour that they have witnessed a few weeks back.

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