Be Ockhi-ready, EC tells Gujarat CEO

06 December, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges closed as Cyclone Ockhi threat looms

As Cyclone Ockhi threatened the Gujarat coast on Tuesday, more than 5,000 people were shifted to safer locations and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams deployed in vulnerable places.

Fishermen bring in their boats at the coast of Mumbai, near the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

Most part of the city remained dark and experienced nearly continuous rain with bouts of heavy showers since Monday evening because of which traffic has slowed down in several parts.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned people from venturing close to the coastal areas and beaches in view of the high tide alert issued in Arabian Sea owing to the cyclone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was constantly monitoring the situation in various parts of the country.

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Mumbai has already started receiving rains due to Cyclone Ockhi.

The EC was made aware of the possibility of Ockhi crossing South Gujarat and adjoining North Maharashtra coasts near Surat by midnight on Tuesday.

He tweeted to inform that he has spoken to all relevant authorities and officials and that all possible assistance is being provided to those affected. The Santacruz weather station- representative of Mumbai- recorded 7mm rain. Not only this, strong surface winds will prevail over the region with wind speed ranging between 40-50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next three days. Dozens of fishermen were rescued Friday from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi.

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