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Cyclone Ockhi: Maha, Guj on high alert; Kerala toll at 25

06 December 2017, 01:00 | Darnell Patrick

Cyclone Ockhi: Maha, Guj on high alert; Kerala toll at 25

OCKHI' over eastcentral Arabian Sea to move Maharastra coast

While Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi held a poll rally in Anjar but his three rallies in Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar were cancelled due to the impending cyclone. Schools and colleges were shut.

The Election Commission on Tuesday asked the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Gujarat to brace for cyclone Ockhi, which is set to hit the coastal region of the poll-bound state.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also issued an advisory warning people against visiting beaches in view of the high tide alert due to the cyclone.

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A statement issued by the IMD advised the fishermen to return back to the coast.

The National Disaster Management Authority of India said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that the cyclonic storm Ockhi is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by nightfall.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the nation that the government is continously monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to Cyclone Ockhi. "All possible assistance is being provided to those affected", he tweeted. However, with these rains, Mumbai has broken the decade old December rain record. The IMD has forecast light to moderate rainfall in most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places in Saurashtra and south Gujarat. Dozens of fishermen were rescued Friday from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi.



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