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Cyclone Ockhi batters Ullal; turbulent waves damage property

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Mangaluru: A compound wall of a resort here in Ullal collapsed after violent waves lashed the coastal region following Cyclone Ockhi which has already claimed several lives in Kerala and Tamil Nadu here on November 2.

A private function held at the resort has been cancelled. Battappady and Peribail roads have already inundated in sea water. People in coastal belt of Karnataka too have been living under fear.

Mangaluru was gripped in fear after a recent report stated that the port city is at high risk of sinking in near future.

In all, 7 people have died in coastal Kerala and 6 in Tamil Nadu and nearly 90 fishermen are missing as a depression above the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm.

Cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved towards Lakshadweep on December 2, after causing heavy rain that has left around 13 people dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Navy has been called in to rescue stranded fishermen. Cyclone Ockhi is likely to strengthen further, triggering a “red warning” for Lakshadweep – the highest category alert.

The worst seems to be over in the mainland but forecasters have warned of heavy rain in parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Schools near the coast in the two states have been closed. In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea. Heavy rain is likely to continue.

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