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Cyclone Ockhi updates: NDRF deploys 7 teams in Gujarat as storm moves closer to Surat
  • 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.

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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

With Cyclone Ockhi expected to make landfall in south Gujarat later on Monday or early Tuesday, Maharashtra went on a state of high alert to tackle the side-effect of the stormy weather.

Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde announced a "precautionary holiday' on Tuesday (5 December) for all schools in the coastal districts of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, in view of the predictions for the cyclone.

After a heavily overcast day on Monday, Mumbai and surrounding districts had intermittent rainfall since dusk which continued, slowing down road traffic but the lifeline of the city — the local trains — continued unhindered.

The IMD has already forecast rains with thundershowers in and around Mumbai with squalls reaching 50-60 kmph and touching 70 kmph in the coastal areas over the next two days, with minimum temperatures hovering around 23 degrees Celsius.

Danger signals LC-III have been hoisted over all ports between Goa to Dahanu (north Maharashtra), with rough to very rough conditions in the sea.

 Cyclone Ockhi updates: NDRF deploys 7 teams in Gujarat as storm moves closer to Surat

Fishermen families wait for those who are yet to return home at Vizhinjam harbour. PTI

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the state Disaster Management Unit and the railways were fully geared for the cyclonic encounter expected over the next couple of days.

Western Railway PRO Ravinder Bhakar said that an emergency meeting of all departments was convened and they will closely observe the water levels on the railway tracks while the Railway Protection Force and commercial staff will monitor crowd movements, especially in the areas of Palghar which have been placed on alert.

"Disaster Management Cell is ready for any emergency, patrolling of the railway tracks has been intensified over various rail sections, and the RPF and commercial staff will be prepared for necessary evacuation at respective stations in case of any disaster-like situation," he said.

Technical teams will monitor railway assets and essentials like electricity supply with back-up diesel generators, signal and telecom, breakdown equipment, accident relief trains or accident relief medical vans are on standby for any eventuality.

The BMC has warned people from venturing close to the coastal areas and beaches as high waves are expected in the Arabian Sea owing to the cyclone conditions.

On Tuesday, the high tide will be of 5.04 metres and on Wednesday it will be of 5.05 metres, gradually receding to 4.17 metres by Thursday, said a BMC official.

The BMC has also warned people living in some parts of south Mumbai and suburbs that the possibility of tidal waves flowing into the roads and homes cannot be ruled out and asked them to take adequate precautions.

On 6 December, more than half a million followers from all over India are expected to pay homage to the late Babasaheb R Ambedkar on his 62nd death anniversary at Shivaji Park in Dadar.

The civic officials have requested the followers to stay away from the Dadar Chowpatty beach in view of the stormy seas expected over the next few days, especially at his memorial, Chaityabhoomi which is on the seashore.

Meanwhile, all the BMC disaster units, Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade, the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Home Guards and other agencies are in full preparedness for any eventuality arising out of the cyclone Ochki as it skirts Maharashtra and is expected to make landfall near the diamond and textile city of Surat in the next few hours.

Fishermen in the seas have been advised to return immediately and others told to keep off the sea for the next two days.

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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2017 18:17:15 IST