Cyclone Ockhi: Rain in Mumbai; schools, colleges in coastal areas shut
Mumbai: High alert has been issued in Gujarat and Maharashtra in view of Cyclone Ockhi.
– The Ministry of Earth Science said, light to moderate rain at most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Saurashtra, south Gujarat region and Konkan today.
– Director of Ahmedabad MeT office, Jayanta Sarkar has said that that Ockhi is currently a cyclone of very severe nature but by the time it crosses Gujarat it would weaken considerably and turn in to a deep of simple depression.
– Light rains hit Mumbai and suburbs last night as the Cyclone hit the coastal areas of Maharashtra. According to MeT officials, though the centre of the cyclone is around 600 km from Mumbai but its cloud band has spread along the coastal areas. IMD has said the intensity of rains will increase as the cyclone approaches.
– State government has declared a holiday today for schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts due to “serious weather predictions” in view of Ockhi.
– Meanwhile Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has said 2604 fishermen from Kanyakumari district stranded mid-sea due to cyclone Ockhi have been rescued. He reviewed the relief and rehabilitation measures in the worst affected Kanyakumari district via video-conferencing yesterday. Palaniswamy assured that in the next 48 hours, power supply will be resumed in the whole district.