The schools and colleges have been closed down, including some in Mumbai and connecting areas following the forecast of rain triggered by Cyclone Ockhi on Tuesday. The storm that lags behind a track of destruction in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep were anticipated to make its entry in Gujarat on Tuesday night, provoking heavy rains in the state and connecting Maharashtra.
12.57 pm: The Surat DM Mahendra Patel said that it is expected to rain today in the city. He told ANI that “There will be strong winds. People have been advised not to go out at night. Those living in kachha houses will be given shelter. NDRF is on alert. Municipality and local bodies are working on their level”.
12.41 pm: A defense ministry spokesperson said that relief material carried on Indian Navy Ships arrived the island of Minicoy on Sunday and Kavaratti and Kalpeni islands on Monday. “A total of four tonnes of disaster relief material, including dry provisions like rice, dal, salt and potatoes, water, blankets, raincoats, disposable clothes, mosquito nets, and dhurries, has been handed over to the local administration,” the spokesperson said.
11.36 am: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that “With #CycloneOckhi expected to make a landfall in Gujarat, I appeal to @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas to focus on helping people across the state. Our Karyakartas should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens”.
“Continuously monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to #CycloneOckhi. Spoke to all relevant authorities and officials. All possible assistance is being provided to those affected,” he added.
11.29am: The cyclone is 300 km west of Mumbai’s coast, as per the IMD. It is expected to continue to move North-North Eastward and decline gradually.
11.25am: The Mumbai center of IMD has informed the fisherman working on the Maharashtra-Goa coasts to not enter in the sea for the next 48 hours. On the other hand, a statement is also issued to advise the fishermen to come back to the coast by the IMD.
11.14am: A report of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai said at 8 am that “Intermittent rain/thundershowers very likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs in next 24 hours”.
It further added that “Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 km per hour gusting to 70 km per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours”.
11.00am: The ANI reported that BJP’s president Amit Shah’s public rallies in Rajula, Mahuva, and Shihor in Gujarat have been canceled because of Cyclone.
10.03am: The BMC also issued a separate warning for the city from Monday to Thursday (December 4-7) where an alert was alarmed for people living close to the sea, specifically Shivaji Park, Dadar areas and Cadell Road, Mahim.
“Owing to the warnings related to cyclone Ockhi, there will be increased wave action in these regions and water might come onto the promenade areas and onto the road. On December 6, Ambedkar Jayanti, a huge crowd is expected at Shivaji Park, Dadar. They will need to take precautions and avoid going close to the sea,” said the warning statement.