After wrecking havoc in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep, the Cyclone Ockhi which was expected to make landfall in Maharashtra has now moved away from the state’s coast and will now make landfall in the Gulf of Khambhat and Surat on December 5. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 39 people have been killed so far while 167 are still missing. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani held a meeting in Surat where he said the state is trying to monitor that no water logging takes place after Cyclone Ockhi makes landfall tonight.
The Maharashtra government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in four districts, as a precautionary measure. Parts of the state are expected to receive light to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. The severe cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ over east-central Arabian Sea moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of 25 kmph during the past 6 hours. It has weakened into a cyclonic storm.
Fishermen at South Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts are advised not to venture into the sea along and off the coasts during next 24 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department recorded 14mm rain in Colaba and 11.2 mm in Santacruz till 5.30 am. An IMD forecast at 3.30 am said Cyclone Ockhi is 360km away from Mumbai, moving north-northeastwards and is weakening gradually.
Cyclone Ockhi highlights:
1:20 pm: Cyclone Ockhi is gradually weakening into a depression and may not hit the Gujarat coast near Surat as predicted earlier, the Meteorological Centre said tonight.
10.05 pm: Every attempt is being made by the Coast Guard, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force to rescue the missing fishermen and to bring them back to safety. I have been quoting the numbers given to me by the state govt: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, reports ANI.
10.00 pm: Cyclone Ockhi. (Source: Twitter NASA Earth)
9.55 pm: A total of 608 people have been rescued under efforts by the Indian Navy.
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) December 5, 2017
8.30 pm: I have spoken to health ministers of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat regarding Cyclone Ockhi, and have assured them that all support will be extended by the Centre, in terms of medicines and medical teams: Health Minister JP Nadda, reports ANI.
8.27 pm: Cyclone Ockhi, which is around 350 km south-SW of Surat, is expected to cross Gujarat tonight. It is showing signs of decreasing in intensity. Heavy rainfall alert has been issued only in coastal districts for tonight, wind speed expected to be around 65-70 kmph when cyclone cross: Director, IMD Ahmedabad, reports ANI.
8.15 pm: Chief Electoral Officer in Gujarat issues a statement in wake of Cyclone Ockhi to ensure that the polls in the state are not adversely affected.
7.40 pm: Gujarat CM holds a meeting in Surat to prepare as Cyclone Ockhi makes landfall tonight, reports ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) December 5, 2017
7.38 pm: We have kept the communication lines open. We are trying to monitor that no water logging takes place and that the water supply is in ample amount: says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani in Surat, reports ANI.
7.30 pm: Election Commission asked Chief Electoral Officer in Gujarat to prepare a contingency plan in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi and to ensure that those affected and rehabilitated should be able to vote, reports ANI.
7.27 pm: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani chairs a meeting in Surat, in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi making landfall at the Gujarat coast, reports ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) December 5, 2017
7.25 pm: Cyclone Ockhi is now seen as a deep depression over the east-central Arabian Sea. It is presently centered at around 260 km south-southwest of Surat and 140 km west of Mumbai.
7.05 pm: Cyclone Ockhi weakened to deep depression, due to unfavourable conditions, it may degenerate before reaching Gujarat coast; reports Skymet Weather.
6.30 pm: The peripherals of Cyclone Ockhi are likely to give rains over the eastern and southeastern districts of Rajasthan, reports Skymet Weather.
6.25 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Surat rally, scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled; TV reports.
6.20 pm: As a precautionary measure, Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach has been closed for public.
5.15 pm: Light to moderate rains with one or two heavy spells are likely over Gujarat, North Maharashtra, and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.
4.55 pm: The BJP too has called off rallies and press conferences of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Surat today, also MP Manoj Tiwari’s roadshow in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad was cancelled due to light showers since early morning, reports PTI.
4.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s rallies in Gujarat’s Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar have been cancelled due to bad weather, reports ANI.
3.47 pm: Thirty three tourists including some foreigners rescued in Lakshadweep: MHA
3.45 pm: Two merchant ships were rescued and 16 crew members were saved in Lakshadweep: MHA
3.30 pm: As many as 39 people lost lives in Cyclone Ockhi in Tamil Nadu and Kerala while 167 still missing: Minister of Home Affairs.
3.10 pm: One boat from Maharashtra’s Raigarh with 4 people goes missing, rescue agencies trying to establish contact, reports ANI.
3.05 pm: Cyclone Ockhi about 480 km SSW of Surat at 05.30 IST, to cross south Gujarat coast by tonight, reports IMD.
2.58 pm: The Kerala government have intensified search and rescue operations are on to trace the 92 fishermen missing in high seas after Cyclone Ockhi hit the state’s coast on November 29, reports PTI.
2.50 pm: ‘Severe’ Cyclone Ockhi has now weakened into a Cyclone and is currently over East-Central Arabian Sea about 390 km SSW of Surat and 230 km WSW of Mumbai, reports Skymet Weather.
01:56 pm: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) asks fishermen in east & west coasts not to venture out. Instructing people not to panic in case of a cyclone alert, the NDMA issued an advisory that fishermen along and off Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts should not venture into sea from December 6 to 8 while fishermen along and off Andaman and Nicobar Islands are advised not to venture into sea till Wednesday.
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) November 30, 2017
01:26 pm: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath handed over a cheque worth five crore rupees to the PM Modi from Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) towards Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), for the cyclone affected people in Lakshadweep and other states.
01:17 pm: Goa assesses damage; shack owners to seek compensation.
01: 10 pm: “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,” stated Surat District Magistrate Mahendra Patel.
12: 34 pm: Indian Navy dispatches relief to cyclone-hit Lakshadweep islands.
12:10 pm: Cyclone Ockhi’s distance from Mumbai as per 11:30 hours update is 230 kilometers.
12:01 pm: Intermittent rain/thundershower very likely to occur in Mumbai and adjoining suburbs, heavy rainfall at few places. Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph very likely along coastal area.
11: 40 am: Roads water logged near Andheri subway which happens to be a chronic flooding spot.
11:17 am: “With Cyclone Ockhi expected to make a landfall in Gujarat, I appeal to BJP 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,” tweeted PM Modi.
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2017
11.03 am: A hailstorm was reported along the Mumbai-Pune expressway this morning, PTI quotes the police as saying. There’s also been an increase in traffic on the Eastern and Western Express Highways in Mumbai due to the rain.
10.31 am: Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah’s political rallies in Gujarat have been called off due to the imminent cyclone, reported ANI. He was to hold rallies in Rajula, Mahuva and Shihor.
10.27 am: According to an IMD bulletin this morning, Mumbai and its suburbs are likely to receive intermittent rain/thundershowers over the next 24 hours. “Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kms per hour gusting to 70 kms per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours,” IMD added, reported PTI.
9.30 am: The Indian Coast Guard has till now rescued over 180 fishermen from the seas.
“As on Monday, operations are continuing and till the filing of this report, 19 additional fishermen have been rescued from remote islands of L&M (Lakshadweep and Minicoy). Thus, a total of 183 precious lives have been saved by the Coast Guard. Even as cyclone Ockhi has now moved north of L&M islands, deployment of ships and aircraft are continuing in the area to search for the persons stranded at sea. During the ongoing search operations, the Coast Guards personnel are toiling in extremely unfavourable sea conditions and yet maintaining momentum to sustain efforts of saving lives,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
9.10 am: IMD will release their next update on Cyclone Ockhi after 11.30 am.
9.00 am: Schools and colleges in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts are shut for the day as a precautionary measure.