Cyclone Nilam: Missing Sailors

Rescue operations are under way in India’s southern city of Chennai to find five sailors missing from an oil tanker that ran aground in a cyclone.

Coast guard helicopters and boats are combing the sea for sailors from the Pratibha Cauvery.

One of the crew members drowned after a boat carrying him and others capsized near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu state.

Seven people were killed when Cyclone Nilam struck the south-eastern coast with winds of up to 100km/h (60mph).

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated.

The rescue operation had to be suspended overnight because of bad weather, the BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder reports from Chennai.

The authorities say they are concerned because the vessel is carrying oil which could create a major problem if it spills out.

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Article courtesy of The BBC.

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