Cyclone Ockhi LIVE Updates: Drawing flak over the way rescue operations were handled, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said there was no advance warning about Cyclone Ockhi and cleared a slew of packages for those affected. The deadly storm that was expected to smash Gujarat and Maharashtra after wreaking havoc on Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshwadeep islands, is now reported to have weakened and may not hit the Gujarat coast now. However, the predictions may turn around with the cyclone changing its course. In its anticipation, 3200 people have been evacuated 29 coastal villages in Surat district so far. The latest IMD forecast (5.30 pm, Tuesday) stated that the cyclone, which was now turned into a deep depression, lay centred in east central Arabian Sea, 240 km from Surat, causing high-speed winds and rain across Gujarat and adjoining Maharashtra. It also mentioned that the depression is moving at a speed of 18 kmph for the last six months. “The deep depression over the east-central Arabian Sea moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of 18 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred over the east-central Arabian Sea near latitude 19.4º N and longitude 71.5º E, about 240 km south-southwest of Surat and 150 km west-northwest of Mumbai,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast said. The MeT Centre cautioned fishermen from venturing into the sea for the next 18 hours.After dumping rains in Mumbai, Cyclone Ockhi was likely to make a landfall near Surat.
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5: 45 pm: Indian navy supplies 12,500 litres of water to the affected areas.
#HADR #CycloneOckhi #OpSahayam #SAR 12,500 Ltrs Drinking Water being supplied by crew from INS Dweeprakshak (Naval detachment at Kavaratti) produced onboard INS Jamuna anchored off Kavaratti Island to affected population @DefenceMinIndia @nsitharaman @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/3ynwxXBO75
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 6, 2017
5: 34 pm: Sunday night’s supermoon, and not cyclone Ockhi, was responsible for the rise in seawater levels, which damaged the state’s coastline and beach shacks, says Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “The reason for the seawater level rise is simple. It is because there was a supermoon that day. Many people did not realise this,” said Parrikar.
5: 23 pm: Kerala government urges the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi as a national calamity and to announce a special package for the state to ensure the rehabilitation of the people affected by the cyclone.
5: 10 pm: Cyclone Ockhi: Mumbai, in two days, records 76 mm of rainfall which is the new all-time high for December.
— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) December 6, 2017
4: 44 pm: A total of 4,501 houses in cyclone Ockhi-hit Kanyakumari have suffered partial and full damage and a sum of Rs 41 lakh for relief has been provided in this regard so far, as per the Tamil Nadu state government.
4: 30 pm: “There was no advance information about Cyclone Ockhi at all. On November 30, at 8.30 am the India Meteorological Department intimated a very deep depression about 170 km off Kanyakumari coast. Even at that time, there was no mention of a cyclone. And by that time fishermen had already ventured into the sea. Even the union ministers who came here said there was no fault on the part of the state government and in an hour’s time the defence personnel began the rescue work,” said Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
3: 45 pm: NDMA issues directions to safeguards important papers and valuables when the storm hits your home. Check out:
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) December 6, 2017
3: 07 pm: Cyclone Ockhi: Indian Coast Guard rescues 12 fishermen from a fishing vessel in distress.
#CycloneOckhi Response update. @IndiaCoastGuard Ship rescued a fishing vessel in distress belonging to #Kanyakumari #TamilNadu 40 Nautical Miles at sea off #Kochi #Kerala with 12 fishermen on board ,food & fresh water provided, vessel under tow to safety @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/4tqiBLRMjA
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) December 6, 2017
2: 50 pm: As per the IMD release, the sea condition would be rough along and off south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts during the next 12 hours. “Fishermen along and off north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts are advised not to venture into sea during the next 12 hours,” the release said.
2: 43 pm: Narendra Modi hails central agencies, state governments and local administrators for their preparedness.
With the influence of #CycloneOckhi waning, I want to compliment Central agencies, various state governments, local administrations and alert citizens for showing remarkable preparedness and assisting people during the adverse times.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 6, 2017
2: 15 pm: “The system weakened mainly because of unfavourable environmental conditions, like high wind shear and colder sea surface near the coast. The system weakened because it is winter. The story would have been different had it occurred during the monsoon or pre-monsoon season,” said, Jayanta Sarkar, director of the Met office in Ahmedabad.
— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) December 6, 2017
1: 59 pm: “The depression over east-central and adjoining north-east Arabian Sea weakened into a well-marked low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining areas of north-east Arabian Sea, north coastal Maharashtra and south coastal Gujarat at 23:30 hours yesterday,” said the latest IMD release.
1: 30 pm: Cyclone Ockhi is gradually weakening into a depression and may not hit the Gujarat coast near Surat.
— YuppTV India (@yupptvindia) December 6, 2017
1: 15 pm: Indian Navy search and rescue operation continues for missing fishermen off Kerala coast. See pics:
11:29 am: Kochi 3 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and 2 from Kerala to join rescue operations for 3 days on board INS Kalpeni
— ANI (@ANI) December 6, 2017
11:00 am: Ten naval ships, including frontline ships from Western Naval Command including INS Chennai, Kolkata and Trikand as well as four types of aircraft, including long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8I, Dornier, and SeaKing and Chetak helicopters continue to be deployed over an extended search and rescue area of 250 nautical miles west of the Lakshwadeep islands and 400 nautical miles off Kerala coast.