Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday his government has sought Rs 1,843 crore from the Centre to mitigate the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi."This was one of the worst disasters that struck the state. The Centre has been very supportive in all aspects," Vijayan told the media soon after chairing the weekly cabinet meeting. "In today's meeting it was decided that we will seek Rs 1,843 crore from the Centre. Very soon a central team will be arriving in the state to assess the damage." Vijayan, however, did not give a clear picture on the exact number of dead and missing."Even now bodies are being recovered. There are two types of boats that the fishermen use -- one is the small boat and the other is the big one, which returns from fishing after several weeks. "Those still missing went out on the small boats.
Many of the dead have already been identified, while some bodies remain unidentified. DNA tests are ongoing. "Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had called me and we have agreed to continue the search operations," Vijayan said.On Wednesday again, the Coast Guard and Marine Enforcement agencies that were conducting searches off the coast of Kozhikode and Kochi recovered five bodies taking the toll to 52.Vijayan has given a call to the people of the state to contribute generously to the special fund that the state government has constituted for the rehabilitation of the affected fisher folk.The Kerala cabinet has decided to contribute one month's salary towards the fund."It has been decided to give Rs 20 lakh each as compensation in one tranche to the near and dear ones of those who have died; Rs five lakh each to those who have been permanently disabled and Rs 20,000 each to all those who had undergone treatment.