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Cyclone Ockhi leaves atleast 8 dead in Tamil Nadu & Kerala; heads to Lakshadweep, Over 80 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing

At least eight people have lost their lives and more than 80 fishermen and 50 boats have gone missing afterCyclonic storm \'Ockhi\' lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.

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 The authorities in these state have taken several precautionary measures which include shutting down of school and colleges and issuing an advisory to people asking them to stay inside their houses.

While a high alert has already been sounded and the relief and rescue teams have been asked to be prepared to meet any eventuality, the fishermen have been advised not to venture into the high sea.

Indian Navy has dispatched three ships and two aircraft to locate six fishing boats and a Maritime Engineering vessel that went missing near Vizhinjam due to cyclonic conditions here.

The Navy is also on standby for relief and rescue operations as southern districts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu brace for Cyclone Ockhi.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has also issued a list of do\'s and dont\'s for people in the most-affected areas and asked them not to panic in during such situations. The agency also asked people to listen to radio, watch television for weather updates and have an emergency kit ready. 

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