Ockhi : Navy, Coast Guard failed to respond in time, alleges MP from Lakshadweep

Kochi : MP from Lakshadweep, Mohammed Faizal today alleged that despite all the information out there, the Indian Navy and Coast Guard failed to respond to Cyclone Ockhi crisis that ravaged the islands.

“We have not got adequate help from the Navy and Coast Guard in the adversity” Faizal said adding that he will write to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman about it.
The MP said he spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the lapse and was then assured that teams would reach the island.

A defence spokesperson approached by the media however, declined to comment on the blame.

Mincoy and Kalpeni islands were worst hit with helipad submerged and scores of houses damaged.

No casualties have been reported so far.

Earlier in isolated incidents, people from coastlines in Kerala have complained about delay in rescue by coast guards.

A defence statement last night said , INS Shardul from Kochi is headed to Minicoy island with humanitarian aid comprising water and dry provisions.

The relief cargo also comprises medical equipment, blankets, generators, salvage equipment, desalination and decontamination kits. The material is expected to sustain 2000 on the island.

Also INS Sharda is headed towards Kavaratti island with similar packages for 500 people.
Naval ships from Mumbai, INS Chennai, Kolkata and Trikand have also left for Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands with aid meant for 5,000 people.

All aid is expected to last seven days.

Seas around Androth and Kavaratti have swelled four meters high and heavy winds continue its onslaught.

A P8I aircraft from Arkkonam in Kochi is maintaining a high vigil over sailing ships in addition to Dornier aircrafts that is continuously watching over areas around the coastline.

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