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Cyclone Ockhi: Disaster Risk Management and Sea Safety in the Indian Marine Fisheries Sector
  • :Manas Roshan
  • :2018
  • :73
  • :978-93-80802-73-2

The cyclone Ockhi developed in the Northern Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka and rapidly intensified into a cyclonic storm, killing over 350 people from southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala between 30 November and 3 December 2017. There were also some unidentified fishers from the north-eastern states of India who were lost at sea while working on board fishing vessels. The full force of the storm was borne by fishermen at sea, unlike previous cyclones.



Acknowledgements       v

Abbreviations    vii

Executive summary        ix


Objectives 3

Methodology 4

National and regional disaster profile 9

Institutions for cyclone forecasting and dissemination of warnings         11

Emergency response: disaster management authorities 15

Cyclone Ockhi: 29 November – 6 December 2017 20

Sea safety in ongoing disaster risk management projects 26

Policy framework for fishermen’s safety 27

Regulatory compliance of fishing vessels 30

Emergency communication technology 33

Conclusion 39

Recommendations 40

Endnotes 44

References 46

Annexure 50

Glossary 57


Table 1. Population profile of study villages 6
Table 2. Fishing units and safety equipment in use in the
cyclone affected villages 7
Table 3. Fishermen casualties in Cyclone Ockhi 8
Table 4. Criteria for classification of cyclonic disturbances 13

Box I.