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Cyclone Ockhi: 68 boats carrying over 900 Kerala fishermen reach Maharashtra coast

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ockhi-navy-kochi-rescue Stranded fisherman being brought to Kerala coast by Indain Navy personnel in Kochi on Saturday. PTI

Mumbai: Fishermen from Kerala, who were caught in rough seas due to Cyclone Ockhi, have reached Maharashtra's Sindhudurg coast and are safe, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said here Saturday evening.

"In all 68 fishing boats, out of which 66 are from Kerala and two from Tamil Nadu, have reached with total 952 fishermen on board. All are safe," the Maharashtra chief minister said in a tweet.

"Maharashtra will completely look after everyone till weather permits them to go back," he said.

"I have given orders to the Maharashtra Maritime Board and collector, Sindhudurg district, to make all arrangements for the stranded fishermen," Fadnavis said.

"Local authorities are already with them and taking care of all arrangements to make everyone feel at home," he said.

Defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman thanked Fadnavis for the assistance.

"Thanks Hon.CM @Dev_Fadnavis for understanding the sense of urgency in this matter of fishermen reaching Devgad minor port, Maharashtra," she tweeted.

"These fishermen from near Calicut, Kerala, were caught in CycloneOckhi. Grateful to CM who agreed to help immediately," she said on Twitter.

Read more: Latest Kerala news | Kerala to urge Center to declare Ockhi as national calamity

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