Cyclone Ockhi, after causing significant damage in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, is likely to weaken in the next couple of days, sources at the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center told Indianexpress.com. An IMD forecast said the scale of Cylone Ockhi has been reduced from ‘very severe’ to ‘severe’ for Monday. The cyclone is reportedly on a north-western course, drifting towards the Indian coastlines of Maharashtra and Gujarat at a speed of seventeen kilometres per hour.
Meanwhile, the death toll rose to nine in Kerala last night. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has appealed to the central government to declare cyclone Ockhi as a ‘national calamity’.
Below are the highlights:
9.45 pm: Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rise to 19, over 600 fishermen, stranded at sea off state’s coast rescued: Official sources, reports PTI.
9.15 pm: A fresh spell of rainfall is expected to lash Tamil Nadu as the well-marked low pressure area over the south Andaman Sea is likely to turn into a depression in the next 24 hours and a deep depression in the subsequent 48 hours, the Met office said, reports PTI.
8.15 pm: Indian Meteorological Observatory has asked fishermen not to venture in the sea, it also said those already in deep ocean to return to the jetties, reports PTI.
8.10 pm: High tides reportedly due to the Cyclone Ockhi inundated several beach stretches in Goa, hotel owners said, reports PTI.
7.30 pm: Rescue operation underway in Trivandrum, reports ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017
7.05 pm: A total of 690 people have been rescued so far. Total number of deaths 19, 96 missing, 63 hospitalised, 74 houses fully damaged, 1,122 houses partially damaged: State Revenue control room Tamil Nadu, reports ANI.
6.50 pm: A total of 357 fishermen, including 71 from Tamil Nadu, stranded at sea due to Cyclone Ockhi, rescued by defence force personnel as of this morning: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
An update on the search and rescue efforts being done by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force to save the lives of fishermen affected by #CycloneOckhi : 357 fishermen have been saved as of 10 am today. pic.twitter.com/bCc93RI0fv
— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) December 3, 2017
6.25 pm: Deputy CM O Panneerselvam visits cyclone affected areas in Kanyakumari, reports ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017
6.05 pm: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reaches Kanyakumari to take stock of the situation. (Source: Tweeted by Spokesperson, Ministry of Defence)
5.55 pm: Cyclone Ockhi likely to lash Saurashtra coast in the next 48 hours, all fishermen are warned to not venture out & those already out to be contacted immediately to return: Collector Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, reports ANI.
5.40 pm: Graphic representation of deployment of Naval ships & aircraft in areas off Kerala coast.
5.15 pm: Relief material being off loaded by boats for Minicoy, Lakshadweep.
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 3, 2017
5.05 pm: Indian Navy prepares for rescue operations at Lakhadweep.
Kerala: Team of Indian Navy makes preparation in Kochi to fly to Lakshadweep for rescue operation. So far 25 people have been rescued from Lakshadweep. pic.twitter.com/L5AKUxE7ZT
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017
4.45 pm: We have rescued 25 people from Lakshadweep and picked 13 people off Kerala coast. Navy continues to conduct a massive search operation with 8-10 ships off Kerala coast: Commodore G Prakash, Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy in Kochi. (ANI)
4.00 pm: 19 fishermen rescued by Indian Coast Guard brought to Chellanam harbour in Kerala, reports ANI.
3.45 pm: CMO Maharashtra issues an update on the missing fishermen.
Due to #CycloneOckhi 28 more boats with 321 fishermen landed at Ratnagiri today.
23 from Tamil Nadu, 3 from Kerala & 2 from Karnataka.
They are now docked at Mirya Bunder, Ratnagiri.
All are safe and officials are looking after them with utmost care.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) December 3, 2017
3.10 pm: MoS for Tourism KJ Alphons held a meeting with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and other cabinet colleagues earlier in the day to discuss the rescue and rehabilitation operations, reports IANS.
3.05 pm: “There is no provision to declare Cylone Ockhi as a national calamity. The Centre will provide funds. If needed, more funds will be allocated,” said Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons, reports IANS.
2:35 pm: The services of Nilgiris Mountain Rail were cancelled for the third day following landslips on the track near Hillgrove station following incessant rains for the last five days, reports PTI.
2:15 pm: Moderate rain is expected at a few places in Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry during next 24 hours. Fishermen are asked not to venture into deep sea of north Tamil Nadu & South Andhra coast till December 25: S Balachandran, Chennai MET department, reports ANI.
12:30 pm: Cyclone Ockhi to hit Maharashtra on December 4.
11:30 am: The cyclone further moved towards north-west with a speed of 17 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 9:30 pm on Sunday over east central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea- about 420 km west-northwest of Amini Divi, 880 km southwest of Mumbai and 1090 km south-southwest of Surat, informed Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC)
10:30 am: Sea conditions would be ‘rough’ to ‘very rough’ along and off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat
coasts on 4th night and December 5.
10:10 am: Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along & off South Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts from the night of December 4 for subsequent 48 hours.
10:00 am: Fishermen around Lakshadweep Islands are advised not to venture into the sea during next 24 hours.
9:50 am: The cyclone is drifting towards South Eastern Arabian Sea at 14 Kmph. Expected to recurve and head towards Gujarat and Maharashtra.
9:46 am: Rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over south Gujarat on December 5.
9:44 am: The intensity of the cyclone is likely to weaken on Monday and subsequently on Tuesday.
9:40 am: “Cyclone Ockhi is very likely to move north-northwestwards during next 1 hours and then recurve northeastwards during the subsequent 48 hours and weaken gradually,” read the RSMC press release.
8:30 am: Rainfall at most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north Lakshadweep Islands during next 12 hours.
05.30 am: The cyclone which is scaled as ‘very severe’ presently, was reported to have maximum sustained surface wind speed reaching upto 180 kmph in the early hours of Sunday.