Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha have systems in place to tackle the seasonal cyclones, but Kerala was found wanting. The northeast monsoon, which is often accompanied by cyclonic winds, brings rainfall to Kerala.
Malayalam actress Manju Warrier also took time off from her busy schedule to visit the affected families in Poonthura. The death toll in the cyclone has touched 74 and 134 persons are still missing, according to officials.
Cyclone Ockhi: The IMD on Saturday said that Cyclone Ockhi has intensified into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’. It is likely to intensify in the next 24 hours. The cyclone has been wreaking havoc on the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.