Cyclone Ockhi heads towards the west

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05 Dec 2017

Cyclone Ockhi heads towards Gujarat, Maharashtra coasts

After ravaging the southern states, Cyclone Ockhi is now heading towards the coastal states in the west.

According to IMD, it is "likely to cross Gujarat and Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression" by midnight tonight.

Daman, Diu and Dadra, Nagar Haveli are also expected to be affected.

Schools have been shut, services suspended and NDRF teams deployed. Here're more details.

Maharashtra

Schools shut as Mumbai records record rainfall in a decade

Schools shut as Mumbai records record rainfall in a decade

In Maharashtra, the government has declared all schools and colleges in Mumbai, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Thane shut.

The BMC has urged citizens not to visit beaches. An alert has been issued for people staying in areas close to the sea like Dadar, Shivaji Park and Mahim.

Yesterday, Mumbai recorded its highest 24-hour December rain in 10 years due to Ockhi.

Gujarat

Ferry services suspended, NDRF teams deployed

In Gujarat, NDRF teams have been deployed at Rajkot, Surat and Navsari. The Ghogha-Dahej RoRo ferry service has been suspended.

The IMD has predicted heavy rainfall in Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir-Somnath and Bhavnagar districts in the next four days.

Fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea.

Gujarat chief secretary JN Singh has taken stock of administrative preparedness.

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South

Deaths and damage worth crores in TN, Kerala, Lakshadweep

Deaths and damage worth crores in TN, Kerala, Lakshadweep

Meanwhile, the death toll due to Ockhi in Kerala reached 28 yesterday as two more bodies were recovered. Officials said more than 90 people are still missing.

The state governments claimed to have rescued 530 fishermen in Kerala and over 2,600 in Tamil Nadu. Search is on for others.

According to an MP, Lakshadweep alone suffered losses of Rs. 500cr.

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