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Cyclone Ockhi updates: Palaniswamy urges Rajnath Singh to involve Navy, Coast Guard in search operations
  • 18:14 (IST)

    Mumbai's Chowpatty beach closed for public

    The Times of India reported that Mumbai's Chowpatty beach has been closed for the public because Cyclone Ockhi.

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai urges people not to create panic

    Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has urged people not to create panic. It further said that road and rail traffic is running smoothly.

    IMD says cyclone Ockhi is 230 kilometre west-southWest of Mumbai, likely to continue to move north-northeastward, weaken gradually and will cross South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coast.

    Input from Sanjay Sawant

  • 17:53 (IST)

    BJP cancels rallies of Manoj Tiwari, Vasundhara Raje

    BJP MP Manoj Tiwari's roadshow in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad was also cancelled due to light showers since early morning, Bapunagar MLA Jagroopsinh Rajput said.

    The BJP has also called off rallies and press conferences of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Surat on Tuesday, a party leader said.

  • 17:40 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi urges Congress workers in Gujarat to provide all possible help

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Gujarat chief secretary holds review meeting

    The chief secretary of Gujarat held a review meeting with government officials to look at the state's preparedness in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi, The Times of India reported.

  • 17:28 (IST)

    Twelve Goa beaches affected by rising sea water

    Twelve beaches in Goa have been affected by the rising sea level caused by Cyclone Ockhi, revenue minister Rohan Khaunte said on Tuesday. He said preliminary estimates suggested that the damage caused by the cyclone, which skimmed Goa's coastline, was between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 30 lakh.

    Those affected by the natural calamity have two days to approach government agencies with details of damage to their properties to get compensation, he told the media. - IANS

  • 17:18 (IST)

    NDRF deploys seven teams in Gujarat to deal with situation due to Ockhi

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Time-lapse of Cyclone Ockhi

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Kerala women's commission to contribute a day's salary: Report

    According to The Times of India, Kerala women's commission members will contribute a day's salary to the chief minister's disaster relief fund to help the ones affected by the cyclone.

  • 17:00 (IST)

    Areas in Gujarat and Maharashtra expected to be most affected by the storm

  • 16:59 (IST)

    NDMA urges fishermen not to venture into the sea

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi cancels three rallies in Gujarat due to bad weather

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Cyclone Ockhi pours cold water on poll campaign in Gujarat

    Amid the heat of the Gujarat polls, cyclone Ockhi, eddying menacingly towards the states coast, poured cold water on the campaigning on Tuesday, forcing cancellation of rallies of several top leaders, including those by BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, appealed to BJP workers to extend a helping hand to those that would be likely hit by the cyclone, which is expected to make a landfall tonight on the states southern coast in Surat. -

  • 16:46 (IST)

    High tide in Arabian Sea in Mumbai

    Image source: AP

  • 16:29 (IST)

    Meteorologist Mahesh Palawat says rainfall intensity over Mumbai likely to reduce

  • 16:12 (IST)

    BJP MLA assures all safety measures in place in Gujarat's Azadnagar

  • Kerala govt under fire for lax response to disaster

    Revenue minister and state disaster management authority (SDMA) vice-chairman E Chandrashekharan, who is supposed to coordinate the rescue and relief efforts, was seen nowhere in the picture even when the storm battered the coast and displaced hundreds of fishing families and destroyed their houses.

    The chief minister and his colleagues have been claiming that the government was doing everything possible to save the fishermen stranded in the sea. But the hapless fisherfolk did not believe them. They have enough reasons not to trust the state government, which let down the fishermen by not acting on the weather alerts that they received from the meteorological department and other agencies.

  • 16:05 (IST)

    About 33 tourists rescued from Lakshadweep: MHA

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Vijay Rupani to hold press conference at 5.30 pm

    According to The Times of India, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani is expected to hold a press conference on Cyclone Ockhi at 5.30 pm on Tuesday in Surat.

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Two merchant ships rescued in Lakshadweep: MHA

    The Ministry of Home Affairs said that two merchant ships and 16 crew members have been rescued in Lakshadweep, The Indian Express reported.

  • 15:53 (IST)

    Low pressure area over south-east Bay of Bengal

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Moderate to heavy showers over south Gujarat and north Konkan and Goa to continue

  • 15:42 (IST)

    As many as 39 people lost lives due to Cyclone Ockhi: MHA

    The Indian Express quoted Ministry of Home Affairs as saying that as many as 39 people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala lost their lives due to Cyclone Ockhi. 167 are still missing.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Kerala govt cancels inaugural gala of IFFK

    The Kerala government has cancelled the inaugural ceremony of the upcoming International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in the wake of cyclone Ockhi affecting many districts in the state.

    The IFFK, which attracts a large number of cinema aficionados and film personalities from across the country, is scheduled to begin on 8 December.

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Cyclone Ockhi is expected to cross south Gujarat by midnight

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Rains in Mumbai expected to reduce by Wednesday

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Arabian Sea records high tide; BMC urges people to avoid beaches

    Times Now reported that the Arabian Sea has recorded a high tide of 5.04m and the BMC has advised people to stay away from beaches.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    A boat with four people goes missing, agencies try to establish contact

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Gujarat on alert as storm moves closer to Surat

    Surat Police has beefed up security and barred entry to Dumas beach, reported The Times of India. Surat collector has also ordered for schools and colleges to be closed till Wednesday.

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Navy conducts search and rescue operations

  • 15:01 (IST)

     ‘Severe’ Cyclone Ockhi weakens into a cyclone

    Skymet Weather reported that ‘Severe’ cyclone Ockhi has now weakened into a cyclone and is currently over East-Central Arabian Sea.

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Gujarat's chief secretary calls meeting to review preparedness

    Gujarat's chief secretary JN Singh has convened a video conference with the collectors of coastal districts to review their preparedness to deal with any eventuality.

    The Met centre has warned that when the cyclone hits the Gujarat coast, "wind speed would remain between 50 and 60 kmph and may reach up to 70 kmph in south Gujarat".

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Eight naval ships were deployed for assistance on Monday

  • 14:42 (IST)

    A look at deployment of Indian Navy and Coast Guard for search operations

  • 14:40 (IST)

    Cyclone is just 380 kilometres from Surat

    According to latest forecast released by the Meteorological Centre, the cyclone is now just 390 kilometres away from Surat. It is approaching Gujarat steadily and now lies centred in the Arabian Sea.

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath gives Rs 5 crore to PM's national relief fund to the cyclone affected people

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Cyclone Ockhi expected to make landfall in Gujarat today

  • 14:30 (IST)

    Search intensifies to find 92 missing fishermen

    The Kerala government said intensified search and rescue operations are on to trace the 92 fishermen missing in high seas after Cyclone Ockhi hit the state's coast.


    'Operation Synergy,' a joint rescue mission by the Indian Navy, the Air Force, Coast Guard and state fisheries department had so far rescued 252 fishermen stranded in the seas in the aftermath of the cyclone.

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Goa assesses damage caused due to cyclone

     The North Goa district has done a preliminary assessment of the damage caused due to Cyclone Ockhi in the coastal state.

    Also, the shack owners, whose establishments suffered damages following high tide during to the cyclone, have decided to approach the state tourism department to seek compensation for their losses.

  • 14:15 (IST)

    With Cyclone Ockhi expected to make landfall in Gujarat, Narendra Modi urges state BJP to extend all help

  • 13:50 (IST)

    Take a look at how Cyclone Ockhi progressed on 5 December

    via GIPHY

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Weather expected to start improving by 7 December

    Squally winds in order of 60-70 kmph, reaching up to 80 kmph are likely in Mumbai for next 36-48 hours, weather reports have said.

    Moreover, the sea conditions are also expected to remain rough to very rough. As the storm surge will be high, this may even lead to local flooding in the low-lying areas.

    The weather is expected to start improving by 7 December but until then, it is advised for the locals to stay cautious.

  • 13:27 (IST)

    Fishing activities suspended for 2 days: Fishermen advised not to venture out in sea

    With 22mm of rain in the past 24 hours, Mumbai broke the decade-old December rain record. According to Skymet, last time Mumbai witnessed the highest rains was in the year 2014 which was a mere 1.5 mm.

    Strong surface winds will continue to blow over Mumbai in view of Cyclone Ockhi. The winds may gust up to 60 kmph in some area.


    Fishermen have been advised to not venture out in the sea as the conditions will remain rough. Fishing activities should remain suspended for another two days at least.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Mumbai may experience intermittent rainfall on 6 December

    In the last 24 hours, Santa Cruz has recorded 22 mm of rains and Colaba saw 23 mm of rainfall.

    As per weathermen, intensity of rains in Mumbai will be more with moderate spells lashing the region and one or two heavy spells of rains could also be witnessed. Weather predictions did not rule out the possibility of some rain on 6 December.

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Cyclone Ockhi will cross South Gujarat, North Maharashtra as Deep Depression by 5 Dec midnight

    The intensity of this weather system has now reduced and at present, it lies over east central Arabian Sea, approximately 480 km south-southwest of Surat and 300 km west-southwest of Mumbai as a severe cyclone, reports said. 

    This system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further. This will cross South Gujarat and adjoining North Maharashtra coast near Surat as a Deep Depression by midnight of 5 December.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    More Rains In Surat, Rajkot, Valsad, Ahmedabad

    According to Skymet, the severe Cyclone Ockhi has weakened to a cyclone and is inching towards Gujarat. Though the intensity of these showers was light to moderate, these rains helped in plummeting the daytime high by a few notches. However, these rains were mainly confined to the southern and central parts of the state.

    The weather models were already predicting some rains for Gujarat which were a result of cyclone Ockhi that started travelling towards northwest India. As of now, more rains are expected to continue over Gujarat.

    In the last 24 hours, from 08:30 am as on Monday, Mahuva recorded 13 mm of rains, Diu 8 mm, Valsad 7 mm, Surat and Ahmedabad 1 mm, Veraval 0.6 mm while the stations such as Surendranagar, Gandhinagar, Idar, and Kandla witnessed some light traces of rains.

  • 12:59 (IST)

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  • 12:53 (IST)

    Light rains in Andheri, Lokhandwala

    Twitter user @skiy7 tweeted visuals from Lokhandwala in Andheri West

  • 12:51 (IST)

    In view of Mumbai rains, all roads leading up to Dadar Chowpatty have been closed to avoid traffic snafu, reports said

Heavy rains continued to batter coastal areas of Kerala and south Tamil Nadu on Friday, crippling normal life, even as Cyclone Ockhi lay centered about 80 kilometres north-northeast of Minicoy in Lakshadweep.

The death toll in the two states in rain-related incidents rose to 12 on Friday.

As the toll due to Cyclone Ockhi in Kanyakumari district mounted to five on Friday, a low pressure system over the South Andaman Sea is expected to turn into a depression in the next 48 hours, which may bring more rain to Tamil Nadu.

The deaths occurred in cyclone-related incidents in the district. Chief Minister K Palaniswamy announced a solatium of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the victims, an official release said.

A report from Thiruvanathapuram said as many as 218 fishermen from Kerala, stranded in the sea off the coast due to inclement weather conditions,were brought safely to the shore on Friday even as the death toll rose to seven in the state.

In Chennai, Palaniswamy took stock of the situation in the wake of the havoc wrought by the cyclone.

People wade through a flooded street in Suchindram at flood-hit Kanyakumari district on Friday. PTI

People wade through a flooded street in Suchindram at flood-hit Kanyakumari district on Friday. PTI

An official release said over 1,200 persons affected by the heavy rain in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts, have been lodged in relief camps.

To expedite relief works in the worst hit Kanyakumari, two teams of National Disaster Response Force and seven teams of state disaster response agency have been deputed.

In Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, heavy rains and gusty winds uprooted 579 trees, it said, adding, efforts are on to remove them.

"A well marked low pressure is lying over South Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood. It is expected to concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours," Regional Meteorological Centre director S Balachandran said.

The system is likely to move towards north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra coast in the next four days. "This is the current situation and we are monitoring the system."

In the next 24 hours, more rain is expected in most places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Heavy rainfall can be expected in Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni and Dindigul, he said.

Cyclone Ockhi, which in Bengali means 'eye', in Friday intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved to the Arabian Sea.

Widespread rain has been reported in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with Papanasam (Tirunelveli district) recording 45 cm rain, Balachandran said.

The Coast Guard has deployed two ships — Vaibhav and Aadesh — besides a Dornier aircraft for search and rescue operations in the sea off Kanyakumari.

Tamil Nadu minister for revenue and disaster management RB Udhaya Kumar, deputed to Kanyakumari to monitor relief work, said steps have been taken to drain water from inundated areas.

More than 500 trees were uprooted in the district as the rains accompanied by gusty winds left a trail of destruction in the district on Thursday.

Trees in the premises of the famous Padmanabhapuram Palace too were uprooted. A portion of roof-tiles were also damaged, officials said.

With rains continuing to hit normal life in south Tamil Nadu, authorities on Friday declared a holiday for schools and colleges in five districts, including Kanyakumari.

Southern railway officials said some train services in Kanyakumari and Nagercoil were cancelled while others ran late.

In Delhi, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan sought defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman's help to rescue fishermen stranded in the sea.

A release from Radhakrishnan's office said he urged Sitharaman to help deploy adequate number of ships, naval personnel and IAF to rescue the fishermen.

Sitharaman "assured" all help in this regard, it said.

On Friday, four persons had lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Kerala while three persons died, official sources said.

According to the chief minister's office, 218 fishermen, stranded in mid-sea off the coast since Thursday, were brought safely to the shore through active coordination of various agencies including Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard.

The rescued fishermen included 60 who were saved by a Japanese cargo vessel.

After a meeting to review the situation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said government is yet to know the exact number of persons who had put to sea. But the effort was to rescue all those stranded in the sea, he asserted.

The state government has opened 29 relief camps in various places. A total of 2,755 people, from 491 families are in these camps, government sources said.

The chief minister said the state has asked the defence ministry to deploy more aircraft for rescue operations in view of the cyclonic storm moving towards Lakshadweep.

Top Navy officials said they deployed two ships to the Lakshadweep Islands for carrying out rescue and rehabilitation operations in the island.

Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, said the Indian Navy is putting in "maximum effort" to rescue fishermen from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Ockhi.

In Lakshadweep, orders have been issued to evacuate people from low-lying areas in Kalpeni, Minicoy, Kavratti, Agatti, Androth, Kadamath and Amini islands, officials said.

Five boats anchored at a jetty in Kalpeni were damaged in heavy rains, coupled with strong winds.

Lakshadweep MP PP Mohammed Faizal said Kalpeni and Minicoy islands were badly hit by the cyclone but no casualties have been reported.

Faizal said seven persons were rescued from a sinking Uru, a large Dhow-type wooden ship, in the sea off Kavaratti.

The MP said he held telephonic talks with home minister Rajnath Singh who assured him that a team of officials from the ministry will be sent to assess the damage.

Precautionary measures have been taken at Kavaratti and Agatti where the cyclone is expected to hit on Friday night.

Anxious relatives of the missing fishermen, including women, on Friday blocked traffic and raised slogans in Kollam and Thiruvanathapuram, protesting the delay in their rescue.

Opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala slammed the LDF government over the alleged delay in initiating precautionary measures and launching rescue operations for fishermen, who got stranded in the rough sea off the coast.

As per the latest MeT bulletin, the system is very likely to intensify further during the next 24 hours.

"It is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards across Lakshadweep islands during the next 24 hours and then move north-northeastwards during the subsequent 48 hours," it added.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Dec 05, 2017 18:14 PM

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