Cyclone Ockhi

Waves of grief and anger

Print edition : January 05, 2018

Fisherwomen of Neerody in Kanyakumari district wailing over their dear ones who have gone missing following Cyclone Ockhi, on December 5. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Members of the fishing community staging a protest in Kanyakumari on December 8 alleging that the Tamil Nadu government was doing little to trace the fishermen who went missing. Photo: PTI

Right opposite St. Nicholas Church in Neerody village, fishermen have erected a hoarding with photos of 36 men, aged between 16 and 58, with a caption that reads: “Neerody people who died of Ockhi Cyclone.” Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

A. Helen Mary, who lost her husband S. Antoniar Pichchai. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

On December 10, days after the cyclone hit, family members of fishermen staging a demonstration in Kanyakumari seeking the help of Central and State government agencies to intensify the search for the missing fishermen. Photo: PTI

In Kochi on December 3, Tamil Nadu fishermen, who were stranded at sea following the cyclone, being brought to the Chellanam harbour with the help of local fishermen after they were rescued by the Coast Guard. Photo: PTI

Cyclone Ockhi devastates the coast of south India and lays bare the administration’s indifference to the plight of fishing communities.

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