Ockhi cannot be declared a national disaster: Centre

New Delhi: Union Home minister Rajnath Singh said that cyclone Ockhi, which wreaked havoc in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep, cannot be declared a national disaster.The minister made it clear in the Lok Sabha that the present rules will not permit to declare it a national disaster. He also added that the Met Department had issued a warning on November 29 itself. The cyclonic storm, which has a peculiar behavior, cannot be predicted earlier. Whatever alert was available, the state was informed, Rajnath Singh said and informed the House that 74 people lost their lives and as many as 214 went missing.

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