Cyclone Ockhi: CM Pinarayi briefs governor about rescue and relief operations

CM Pinarayi Vijayan and governor P Sathasivam discussed the possibility of strengthening the mechanism to record information about the fishermen who venture into the sea

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday met governor justice P Sathasivam and briefed him on the rescue and relief operations in the coastal area in the aftermath of cyclone Ockhi.

During the courtesy visit, which lasted 20 minutes, they discussed important matters of the state, including the state wide rescue and relief operations in coastal area being carried out in the aftermath of the Cyclone, a Raj Bhavan release said here.

The governor lauded the government's decision to increase the solatium to Rs 20 lakh to the kin of those who lost their lives.

They discussed the possibility of strengthening the mechanism to record information about the fishermen who venture into the sea, the release said.

The governor inquired about Kerala fishermen who had drifted and reached Karnataka and Maharashtra after being stranded in sea.

The governor also requested the chief minister to contact his counterparts in those states for early transportation of Kerala fishermen.

On Tuesday, vice admiral A R Karve, flag officer commanding in chief, southern naval command and the Ernakulam district collector had briefed the governor about the progress of rescue work and rehabilitation during his visit to Kochi.

All-party meet

The Kerala government has called for an all-party meet to discuss the rescue operation and rehabilitation process on Friday. The meeting will be held at 3 pm in Thiruvananthapuram.

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