Cyclone Ockhi: Search and rescue ops will continue until each and every fisherman is found, says Nirmala Sitaraman
Sitharaman, who visited the grieving families in Vizhinjam and Poonthura early Monday morning, told reporters here that she would apprise the union home and agriculture ministers of the situation.
How would those in power know that a ‘weather condition’ wandering around Sri Lanka would mature into a cyclone and go straight for the Left government’s throat?
Cyclone Ockhi and the frantic scramble for organising rescue efforts down south have yet again underscored the need for permanently stationing Naval and Coast Guard ships in Thiruvananthapuram.
In a thatched house on Poonthura beach, 21-year-old Bobby, his 42-year-old mother Jacintha and his 17-year-old sister Nimmy are hopeless about the future.
Though Kannanthanam earlier backed the state's contention that they had not received any prior warning, he changed his stand within hours and said the central agencies had issued early cyclone alerts.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting of top officials to take stock of the situation and has asked police and revenue officials to be on high alert.