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Last Updated Wednesday January 17 2018 11:53 PM IST

Cyclone Ockhi: rain batters Kanyakumari, other Tamil Nadu districts

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Cyclone Ockhi: rain batters Kanyakumari, other Tamil Nadu districts A tree falls on a vehicle during a storm at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district on Thursday. The Met department has predicted more rainfall in the coming days. PTI

Kanyakumari: Heavy rains battered southern districts of Tamil Nadu and state capital Chennai on Thursday night and early Friday morning, forcing the authorities to order the closure of schools and colleges.

Life in Kanyakumari was thrown out of gear due to heavy rain and strong winds. Over 1,000 affected people have been put up in camps, as per reports reaching here.

Nine persons have died in Tamil Nadu due to rains following the Ockhi cyclone in the last couple of days. Chief minister K. Palaniswami has declared ex-gratia to the bereaved families.

Teams of National Disaster Response Force and state DRF are involved in rescue and relief operations in Kanyakumari district.

According to officials, over 4,000 electricity poles have fallen, disrupting power supply to affected areas. The repair work is on to restore supply. Similarly, uprooted trees are being removed to help restore road traffic.

Several villages in Kanyakumari district are marooned. Steps are on to drain rainwater from Suchindram town in the district.

Kanyakumari A flooded locality following a heavy storm at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district on Thursday. PTI

According to the meteorological department here, the Ockhi cyclone is expected to cross Lakshadweep Islands in 24 hours.

Kanyakumari Fire Service personnel removing a huge trunk of a tree that fell during a storm at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district on Thursday. PTI

It said a strong depression in Andaman region will further intensify in two days and move towards south Tamil Nadu or north Andhra Pradesh coast over three-four days.

Kanyakumari An elderly person is carried to safe place from a flooded locality following a heavy storm at Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district on Thursday. PTI

The department predicted rains in Theni, Dindugul, Coimbatore, and Nilgiri regions in Tamil Nadu in next 24 hours.

The department also warned Kanyakumari fishermen not to venture into sea.

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