Cyclone Ockhi: PM to visit Kerala, Lakshadweep, TN on Tuesday
Cyclone Ockhi: PM to visit Kerala, Lakshadweep, TN on Tuesday

Cyclone Ockhi: PM to visit Kerala, Lakshadweep, TN on Tuesday


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Cyclone Ockhi-affected coastal areas in Kerala, Lakshadweep and Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister, who is expected to reach Mangalure late on Monday night, will leave for Agathi Island in Lakshadweep at 0730 hrs to see the people in the cyclone-affected areas, sources said.

After a meeting with the top officials there, Mr Modi is expected to reach Thiruvananthapuram by afternoon, from where he will head to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.

Later, he will come back to State Capital to attend a meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other top officials. He is also expected to visit coastal areas in Thiruvananthapuram.

The State Government has also received an official communication from the Prime Minister's office regarding the visit. After the one-day visit, the Prime Minister will leave for New Delhi at 1805 hrs.

Meanwhile, the State urged the Centre to sanction a relief package of Rs 1,843 crore for the rehabilitation of the fishermen communities. Earlier, fishermen communities and local churches have sought the visit of the Prime Minister in the coastal areas as more than 75 fishermen died in the cyclone that struck on Kerala coast on November 30.

The local churches say nearly 300 people are still missing from various coastal areas in the State.

The Prime Minister was under severe criticism by the Opposition Congress and the ruling Left Government in Kerala for not visiting the cyclone-affected areas. On December 14, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who visited the coastal belts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, condoled fishermen communities and assured that the issue will be raised in Parliament for getting a special package.