New Delhi, Dec 03: In what can be called as a big relief for people in the coastal areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’, which has claimed nearly 17 lives so far is likely to weaken gradually from Sunday. The deadly cyclone, which had crippled the normal life, lashed the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday with torrential rainfall and gusty winds.

“The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ over Lakshadweep area and adjoining Southeast Arabian Sea further moved northwestwards with a speed of 15 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of December 2, 2017 over southeast Arabian Sea near Latitude 11.1º N and Longitude 69.7º E, about 330 km west of Amini Divi. The system is very likely to weaken gradually from today the December 3, 2017 morning,” the IMD said. (Also Read: Cyclone Ockhi: How Are Cyclones Named; Interesting Facts)

Earlier on Saturday, more than 500 stranded fishermen from Kerala were rescued and bodies of four fishermen were recovered in the joint rescue operations launched by the Indian Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Following the deaths, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday told reporters that Rs 10 lakh each would be given to the families of all dead fishermen and Rs 20,000 each to those injured, while those who have lost their fishing gear and other equipment would also be compensated.

Center led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to announce a relief package for the affected people in the coastal states. The Tamil Nadu government had also said that it will soon seek central funds for the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi in the southern parts of the state, with Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts being the worst hit.