After wreaking havoc in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep, the Cyclone Ockhi which was expected to make landfall in Maharashtra has now moved away from state’s coast and is now expected to make landfall in the Gulf of Khambhat and Surat on December 6. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 39 poeple have been killed so far while 167 are still missing.
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.
Source: News agencies