Impacts of Ockhi: Shashi Tharoor Slams Government
Ockhi, the devastating storm swept in many part of the southern India last month. The impact of the storm has listed out by Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and, is currently Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and an MP for the Indian National Congress.
He listed out the impacts on the statement, he wrote to Project Syndicate, yesterday (8 Jan).
According to his statement, Ockhi is known to have taken 245 lives, with 661 still missing, many of whom were lost at sea and are unlikely ever to be found. Moreover, nearly 3,500 homes were damaged in Kerala alone, with 221 completely destroyed. The storm was so powerful that its winds even shook parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat so far.
He further accuses that, no cyclone alert was issued by the India Meteorological Department until Ockhi had already struck, and the initial rescue efforts were grossly inadequate to the scale of the challenge. By the time the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy had brought enough ships and planes to the affected area, a full 24 hours had passed since Ockhi capsized numerous fishing boats. It was too late to rescue those who had been clinging to the wreckage. Official search and rescue efforts saved only a handful of lives.