Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges closed as Cyclone Ockhi threat looms

Mumbai Rain

As Cyclone Ockhi threatened the Gujarat coast on Tuesday, more than 5,000 people were shifted to safer locations and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams deployed in vulnerable places.

"We have issued high alert in all coastal districts and taken all precautionary measures", Gujarat's Principal Secretary (Revenue) told media persons in Gandhinagar after Chief Secretary J.N. Singh held a review meeting with the top officials.

Cyclonic Ockhi, whose landfall is expected Tuesday midnight along the Gujarat coast, has brought some much-needed calm to the election campaigns in the State.

Most part of the city remained dark and experienced nearly continuous rain with bouts of heavy showers since Monday evening because of which traffic has slowed down in several parts.




Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted regarding Cyclone Ockchi, asking the Gujarat government to be ready for the extended support to help out people.

"Continuously monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to Cyclone Ockhi. Our Karyakartas should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens", Modi tweeted. However, with these rains, Mumbai has broken the decade old December rain record.

"Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kms per hour gusting to 70 kms per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours", the IMD said in its report. Mumbai will witness light to moderate rainfall in the coming days.

"Fishermen are advised to return back to the coast and are advised not to go out in the sea during next 48 hours", reads the statement.

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