Cyclone Ockhi intensifies, heading towards Lakshadweep at high speed

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Chennai: Cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved to the Arabian Sea on Friday even as the Navy rescued eight fishermen caught in choppy waters and intensified search for 30 others missing.

Rains, which left eight persons dead including four each in Tamil Nadu and Kerala yesterday, continued to lash parts of the two states.

A Defence spokesperson said that 13 boats with 38 crew from Kerala and one boat from Tamil Nadu with four persons onbard were missing. A Navy aircraft rescued eight of them.

'The fishermen were found floating in water by Advance Light Helicopter,' the spokesperson said.

The weather department said Kanyakumari, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu received rains for the third day today though the cyclone threat mitigated as the system, lying 70 kms south of Kanyakumari yesterday, moved to the Arabian sea.

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