Thiruvananthapuram, December 06

Former chief minister and veteran CPI-M leader V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi urging him to declare cyclone ockhi - which left a trail of destruction in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Lakshadweep – as a national disaster.

Achuthanandan’s letter comes in the backdrop of widespread destruction and havoc wreaked by the cyclone.

32 fishermen from Kerala who had got stranded at sea owing to the cyclone have been officially declared dead although there is still no clarity on the exact death toll.

Besides, according to the state government, 91 fishers who had put out to sea from the Kerala coast are still missing. However, the fishing community claim that the number of missing fishermen is much higher.

The livelihood of the fishers has also been jeopardised as they are still unable to put out to sea. Besides, their fishing equipment and country boats have been damaged by the rough sea and gusty winds.

Meanwhile, Leader of the opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday called on union home minister Rajnath Singh requesting him to declare the cyclone a national disaster.

Chennithala handed over a petition to Singh urging the central government to sanction a relief package of Rs. 500 crore for Kerala in the wake of the destruction caused by the cyclone in the state.

Union minister of state for tourism K J Alphons had the other day ruled out the possibility of declaring cyclone ockhi as a national disaster.Declare cyclone ‘ockhi’ a national disaster, Achuthanandan writes to Narendra Modi

Thiruvananthapuram: Former chief minister and veteran CPI-M leader V S Achuthanandan on Wednesday wrote to prime minister Narendra Modi urging him to declare cyclone ockhi - which left a trail of destruction in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Lakshadweep – as a national disaster.

Achuthanandan’s letter comes in the backdrop of widespread destruction and havoc wreaked by the cyclone.

32 fishermen from Kerala who had got stranded at sea owing to the cyclone have been officially declared dead although there is still no clarity on the exact death toll.

Besides, according to the state government, 91 fishers who had put out to sea from the Kerala coast are still missing. However, the fishing community claim that the number of missing fishermen is much higher.

The livelihood of the fishers has also been jeopardised as they are still unable to put out to sea. Besides, their fishing equipment and country boats have been damaged by the rough sea and gusty winds.

Meanwhile, Leader of the opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday called on union home minister Rajnath Singh requesting him to declare the cyclone a national disaster.

Chennithala handed over a petition to Singh urging the central government to sanction a relief package of Rs. 500 crore for Kerala in the wake of the destruction caused by the cyclone in the state.

Union minister of state for tourism K J Alphons had the other day ruled out the possibility of declaring cyclone ockhi as a national disaster.

 

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