Cyclone Ockhi: 39 dead, 167 missing in Kerala, TN: PM Modi’s Surat rally cancelled
Cyclone Ockhi continues to disrupt lives in different parts of the country. The cyclone that held the “very severe” status has weakened into a “severe” cyclone and will make landfall near Surat and the Gulf of Khambat in Gujarat as a deep depression early on Wednesday, the Met Office has said.
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.
It is very likely that the cyclone will to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by tonight.
The NDMA predicted formation of a depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during the next few hours and it will further intensify into a deep depression during subsequent two days. The NDMA said people when asked to evacuate, should move to a designate cyclone shelter with safety kit and store dry food and water in abundance, keep torch and hurricane lantern/emergency light handy and keep listening to battery operated radio for latest information.