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One more fisherman is believed to have drowned

Ramnad schools remain closed for second day

RAMANATHAPURAM: Even as fishermen kept away from sea for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday following a cyclone warning, bodies of two fishermen of Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were washed ashore in different locations of Rameswaram.

Their boat reportedly sank a few days ago in sea turbulence.

While one body was seen on Ariyankundu shore near Thangatchimadam, the other body was found near Rameswaram jetty. One of them was identified as Vargesh (40). Meanwhile, one more fisherman of the same group was also believed to have drowned in sea.

More than 2,000 fishing boats, including 700 mechanised ones, have been anchored in different locations in Rameswaram island for the last five days. They were denied permission to go for fishing.

Assistant Director of Fisheries T. Ilamvazhuthi told The Hindu that though the wind velocity had come down a bit, the fishermen were denied permission to go for fishing, owing to the impact of the cyclone, which was about to enter the Gulf of Mannar. Country boat fishermen were also warned. “We are closely monitoring the situation. Tokens will be issued to them depending on the improvement in weather,” he added.

Schools in the district remained closed for the second day, owing to heavy rain. All areas except Kamudhi, Kadaladi and Mudukulathur, received good rain on Wednesday.

Train services on Pamban bridge, which were suspended on Tuesday, resumed on Wednesday following improvement in weather condition.

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