Cyclone Ockhi Disaster Relief

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Ockhi was the most intense tropical cyclone in the Arabian Sea since Cyclone Megh in 2015. The third and the strongest storm of the 2017 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, Ockhi originated as a low pressure area in the Gulf of Thailand on November 21. While traversing the southern part of the Bay of Bengal, favorable conditions enabled it to consolidate into a deep depression. As a deep depression, it caused damage to property and life in Sri Lanka on November 29. Due to moisture and warmer temperatures between Sri Lanka and Kanyakumari(Cape Comorin) in mainland India, it intensified into a Cyclonic Storm on November 30.

While near Kanyakumari in mainland India, Cyclone Ockhi changed its path and headed towards Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea, while intensifying. Although it headed away from the coast of mainland India, it caused severe damages to structures and property and also claiming the lives of at least 47 peoplein the Southern parts of Tamilnadu and Kerala in India. Ockhi caused landfalls in Lakshadweep on December 2. The cyclone uprooted coconut trees and caused extensive damages to houses, power lines and other infrastructure in the islands. Ockhi dissipated near the south coast of Gujarat in India on December 6, due to prevailing conditions, even before entering the coast.

Cyclone Ockhi is noted for its very unusual course, originating in the Gulf of Thailand and ending near the coast of Gujarat in western India, traveling nearly 4000 nautical miles. In its entire course, Cyclone Ockhi left a trail of massive destruction in Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, South India and Maldives as it strengthened from a depression to a mature cyclone. Though it rapidly weakened in its final stages over the Arabian Sea, it caused heavy rains along the western coast of India, particularly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. At thus moment more than 65 fatalities were caused by Ockhi in India, and it left hundreds of people, mainly fishermen, missing.

As we continue to witness the horrific damage and loss of precious lives in the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi, our hearts go out to the people and communities affected by this unprecedented natural disaster in the coastal belts of Kerala.

The people of Kerala need our help and we at FOMAA hope you will join us in contributing to this charity at the link below will help on the ground in Kerala.


  • Biju Chacko 
    • $100 
    • 46 mos
  • Sanu Mathew 
    • $100 
    • 46 mos
    • $100 
    • 46 mos
  • Pious Thattassery 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Elizabeth Kailath 
    • $1,000 
    • 47 mos
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Federation of Malayalee Associations of Americas FOMAA 
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