NEW DELHI – Authorities in southern India on Wednesday were searching for more than 160 missing people after the passage of cyclone Ockhi, which has caused at least 50 deaths in India and Sri Lanka.
According to the Indian meteorology department, Ockhi weakened to a tropical storm late Tuesday, causing rainfall in the coastal areas of southern Gujarat, a day later before dissipating completely.
The State of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said at a press conference on Wednesday that the search was on for the 92 fishermen from the state who have been missing since the weekend.
Vijayan regretted that a warning was not issued in time to stop the fishermen from venturing out to sea, and announced that families of those affected by the cyclone would receive compensation.
The Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy said on Wednesday that it had deployed 10 vessels for search and rescue operations.
The Joint Secretary of the Home Ministry, Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, said Tuesday that Ockhi left at least 10 dead in the state of Tamil Nadu and 29 in Kerala.
As well as the missing fishermen in Kerala, there were another 74 people missing in Tamil Nadu, according to the home ministry.
Ockhi has also caused 13 deaths in Sri Lanka, with at least five reported missing on the island.