‘De­clare Ockhi a na­tional disas­ter’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Fol­low­ing the loss of lives and fish­er­men go­ing miss­ing, as well as de­struc­tion to prop­erty in Kan­niyaku­mari dis­trict due to Cy­clone Ockhi, Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami on Thurs­day urged Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to de­clare the cy­clone a na­tional disas­ter and sought fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

In his let­ter, Mr. Palaniswami re­ferred to the mag­ni­tude of the dam­age to power in­fra­struc­ture, agri­cul­ture, road net­works and fish­eries in­fra­struc­ture, among oth­ers, and con­tended it re­quired the Cen­tre’s “in­ter­ven­tion”.

Re­fer­ring to all the re­lief mea­sures un­der­taken by the State gov­ern­ment to re­store nor­malcy in the dis­trict, he said a de­tailed mem­o­ran­dum would be sub­mit­ted to the Cen­tre. “In this hour of cri­sis, we need your im­me­di­ate benev­o­lent sup­port,” the Chief Min­is­ter noted.

Of the 5,759 mo­torised fish­ing crafts and 1,229 mech­a­nised fish­ing boats op­er­at­ing from Kan­niyaku­mari dis­trict, around 600 mech­a­nised fish­ing boats go for multi-day deep sea fish­ing. They had “ven­tured into sea long be­fore the on­set of de­pres­sion” and hence, the alert about the de­pres­sion and the cy­clone “could not be com­mu­ni­cated” to them, the CM con­tended.

“I re­quest you [Mr. Modi] to di­rect the Min­istry of De­fence to con­tinue the in­tense search and res­cue op­er­a­tions along the Ara­bian Sea coast and deep sea from Kan­niyaku­mari up to Gu­jarat and Mal­dives,” he added.

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