400 Fishermen From Tamil Nadu Nonetheless Lacking, Households Accuse Authorities Of Laxity

400 Tamil Fishermen Still Missing, Families Accuse Government Of Laxity

The fishermen have alleged that lots of them had obtained no advance warning of the Cyclone Ochki.

Chennai:  Almost 400 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who had ventured to sea earlier than Cyclone Ochki hit the coast on November 31, are nonetheless lacking. And now, the fishing group from the state are livid with the E Palaniswami authorities, which, they mentioned, had intentionally downplayed the disaster in view of the by-elections in RK Nagar.

For greater than every week, the state authorities had claimed that solely 100 fishermen had been lacking, although the precise determine was 398. This, the households of lacking fishermen declare, didn’t enable for as intensive a search as was required.

Because the disaster unfolded, Mr Palaniswami and his cupboard had been busy campaigning in RK Nagar, the constituency of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, which the ruling AIADMK is decided to retain.

Mr Palaniswami, nevertheless, mentioned his authorities had not been lax in responding to the disaster. “The second the cyclone was introduced, I directed income minister Udhayakumar to hurry to Kanyakumari and oversee reduction and rescue operations,” he mentioned.

The matter has offered gasoline to the opposition DMK, whose chief MK Stalin mentioned, “Stone hearted EPS has misplaced the authority to manipulate as he was campaigning when he should be personally monitoring reduction and rescue.”

The fishermen have additionally alleged that lots of them had obtained no advance warning of the cyclone — a declare that has been denied by the meteorological workplace.

Met officers mentioned they’d issued cyclone alerts for fishermen properly forward of time, and siad some had intentionally ignored it and set sail in small boats. Solely the deep sea vessels, which had been already out within the sea, couldn’t be told in time, they mentioned.

The households of the lacking fishermen demand that the search operation be intensified. After 64 fishermen had been rescued right now, Mr Palaniswami mentioned the search will likely be stopped “solely after the final fisherman is discovered”.

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