Cyclone Ockhi hits Mumbai, Gujarat Live: Chowpatty beach closed for public, PM Modi’s Surat rally cancelled

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New Delhi | Updated: December 06, 2017 12:17 AM

Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat Tuesday midnight with squally winds, which may cause heavy rains in several parts of the state during the next two days. Meanwhile, a warning of heavy rainfall was issued in north Konkan and north Madhya Maharashtra.

Cyclone Ockhi, international film festival of kerala, State government cancels inaugural gala of International Film Festival of Kerala 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. (Image: ANI)

Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: After leaving a trail of destruction in the southern coast, Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat Tuesday midnight with squally winds, which may cause heavy rains in several parts of the state during the next two days. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts tomorrow due to “serious weather predictions” in view of Cyclone Ockhi. According to the IMD official, a warning of heavy rainfall was issued in north Konkan and north Madhya Maharashtra. As on December 3, 2017, the very severe cyclonic storm lay centered over east central and adjoining southeast the Arabian Sea moved further north-northwestwards with a speed of 12 kmph. The cyclonic storm has dismantled the daily life completely. Earlier, the Indian Navy and the coast guards launched full-fledged rescue operations which saved more than 600 lives so far. To make a note of the situation in the state of Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled the chief minister K Palaniswami on late Friday night and inquired about the damage caused by Cyclone Ockhi. PM Modi also assured “immediate assistance” to the CM. This blog will keep track of latest developments of Cyclone Ockhi through the day.

11:34 pm: Cyclone Ockhi is weakening, might fizzle out before into the sea before crossing Surat, as per IMD.

10:02 pm: Every attempt is being made by Coast Guard, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force to get the missing fishermen and to bring them back to safety. I have been quoting the numbers given to me by the state govt: Union Defence Minister Sitharaman.

9:21 pm: I have spoken to Health Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat regarding Cyclone Ockhi, and have assured them that all support will be extended by the Centre, in terms of medicines and medical teams: JP Nadda,Health

8:41 pm: Cyclone Ockhi around 350 km south-SW of Surat,it is expected to cross tonight. It is showing sign of decreasing in intensity.Issued heavy rainfall alert in coastal districts only for tonight, wind speed expected to be around 65-70 kmph when cyclone cross: Director, IMD Ahmedabad.

8.38 pm:We have kept the communication lines open. We are trying to monitor that no water logging takes place and the water supply is in ample amount: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani in Surat

8: 03 pm: Cyclone Ockhi to hit Surat today, says IMD

7: 44 pm: Election Commission asked Chief Electoral Officer Gujarat to prepare contingency plan in the wake of Cyclone Ockhi and to ensure that those affected and rehabilitated should be able to vote.

6: 07 pm: PM Modi’s Surat rally cancelled due to storm.

6: 03 pm: Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach closed for public due to cyclone ockhi.

5:21 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s rallies in Gujarat’s Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar cancelled due to bad weather.

4: 56 pm: As many as 39 people lost lives in Cyclone Ockhi in Tamil Nadu and Kerala while 167 still missing: Minister of Home Affairs.

3: 59 pm: 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.

3: 30 pm: 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 well marked low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman sea persists. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu, south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next three days.

3: 13 pm:  One boat from Raigarh with 4 people goes missing, rescue agencies trying to establish contact.

3: 08 pm: The NCMC yesterday took stock of the preparedness in Maharashtra and Gujarat which are likely to be impacted by the cyclone, an official statement said.

2: 48 pm: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, has been reviewing the rescue and relief operations being carried out in high seas and coastal areas hit by Cyclone Ockhi.

2: 40 pm: Goa is currently witnessing a huge inflow of tourists, who flock its beaches. The hectic activity generally continues till December 31 when lakhs of visitors come to the state to celebrate the New Year.

2: 32 pm: Meanwhile, damage is expected in south Gujarat including Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir-Somnath, Bhavnagar districts, Daman, Diu, and Dadra, Nagar Haveli

2: 30 pm: North Goa’s District Magistrate Nila Mohanan has sent a report to the state government on the damages caused and recommended to include ‘sea ingress due to rise in high tide levels’ in the list of disasters, so that compensation can be released to the affected shack owners, the release said.

2: 28 pm: However, there was considerable damage caused to around 50 shacks in Morjim, Mandrem, Arambol and Querim beaches in Pernem taluka, reported PTI.

2: 25 pm: Minor damage to loose unsecured structures and minor damage to banana trees, agriculture near coast due to salt spray is expected. Damage to ripe paddy crops and minor damage to ‘kutcha’ embankments are expected.

2: 23 pm: The NDMA said light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places in Maharashtra with isolated heavy rainfall also likely over north Konkan, Palghar, Thane, Raigarh, Greater Mumbai, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar and Pune districts. 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.

2: 20 pm: The office of North Goa’s district magistrate has done a preliminary assessment of the damage caused in Pernem and Bardez talukas, where several prominent beaches, including Morjim, Arambol, Candolim, Baga and Calangute, are located, an official release said today. “There was no danger caused to human life in North Goa district as necessary instructions were given by the talathis (local revenue officials) to the foreigners, tourists and locals asking them not to enter into the sea waters,” it said.

2: 18 pm: Fishermen living along and off South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coasts are advised not to venture into the sea till tomorrow morning. The severe cyclonic storm Ockhi will move over east-central Arabian sea and move further north-northeastwards with a speed of 21 kmph and lay centred over east-central Arabian sea at latitude 17.5º N and Longitude 70.4º E, about 480 km southwest of Surat and 300 km west-southwest of Mumbai.

2: 16 pm: Meanwhile, 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.

2: 13 pm: Asking people not to panic in case of a cyclone alert, the NDMA said in an advisory that fishermen along and off Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts should not venture into sea from December 6 to 8 while fishermen along and off Andaman and Nicobar Islands are advised not to venture into sea till tomorrow.

2: 10 pm: The National Disaster Managemen Authority (NDMA) today asked fishermen in both eastern an western coasts not to venture out in the sea for the next three days as heavy rainfall is expected in many areas due to Cyclone Ockhi.

2: 05 pm: Poll-bound Gujarat to experience heavy showers.

1: 57 pm: Weather forcast for upcoming days:

1: 51 pm: The weather is expected to start improving by December 7 but until then, it is advised for the locals to stay cautious in Gujarat, reported Skymet.

1: 33 pm: Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority has shared some ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ during the storm, take a look and share:

1: 29 pm: Precautionary holiday has been declared today for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts.

1: 25 pm: The following station are expected to witness moderate rain and thundershower with heavy rain at few places during next 48 hours: The stations such as Daman, Junagadh, Ahmadabad, Amreli, Anand, Aravali, Banaskantha, Bharuch, Bhavnagar, Botad, Dahod, Devbhumi Dwarka, Gandhinagar, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Kheda, Mehsana, Mahisagar, Marvi, Narmada, Navsari, Panch Mahals, Patan, Porbandar, Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Surat, Surendranagar, Tapi, the dangs, Vadodara and Valsad.

1: 16 pm: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath hands over Rs. 5 crore cheque to PM Modi for Cyclone Ockhi-affected people in Lakshadweep and other states.

(Twitter/DD News)

1: 12 pm: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has aknowledged the efforts people of Lakshadweep who helped others during the cyclone. He took to Twitter and wrote: “A salute to bravery shown by the people of Lakshadweep who helped save many fishermen during #Cyclone Ockhi. We stand with all the victims of this tragedy. The Government must announce relief packages for those affected by the storm immediately.”

1: 06 pm: Surat DM, Mahendra Patel was quoted as saying, “It’s likely to rain today, there will be strong winds. People have been advised not to go out at night. Those living in kachha houses will be given shelter. NDRF is on alert. Municipality & local bodies are working on their level.”

1: 03 pm: As per the latest update, Cyclone Ockhi heading towards Surat and will be passing through Mumbai at around 9 pm; wind speed and rains to be high between 3 pm to 3 am; no major damage expected

12: 53 pm: As per the report by Skymet, in the last 24 hours Mahuva recorded 13 mm of rain, Diu 8 mm, Valsad 7 mm, Surat and Ahmedabad 1 mm, Veraval 0.6 mm. Stations such as Surendranagar, Gandhinagar, Idar, Kandla witnessed some light traces of rains. Watch Video-

12: 45 pm: In the wake of this, the intensity of rains is expected to increase and moderate to heavy rains are expected to occur over the south and some districts of the state during the next 24 hours, reported Skymet.

12: 42 pm: Dry provisions and ready to eat meals are also being dispatched to Bitra Island by chopper from the INS Dweeprakshak (base) at Kavaratti. The relief material would last seven days for about 2,000 people, he added

12: 38 pm: The Indian Navy has provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to people affected by cyclone Ockhi in Lakshadweep, a Defence spokesperson said here today. The relief material, carried on Indian Navy ships, reached the island of Minicoy on Sunday and the Kavaratti and Kalpeni islands yesterday, he said.

12: 31 pm: In the latest update, Cyclone Ockhi has now weakened into a Cyclone and is currently over East-Central Arabian Sea about 390 km SSW of Surat and 230 km WSW of Mumbai.

12: 25 pm: Rain lashes the Bandra Kurla complex in Mumbai. WATCH VIDEO-

12: 03 pm: Meanwhile in Goa, swimming has been banned at Goa’s beaches, fishermen have also been asked not to venture into the sea for the next two days. Goa is one of the top beach tourism destinations in the country and beach shacks cater to the food and beverage requirements of a significant number of tourists. The state attracts nearly six million tourists every year, our of which half a million are foreign nationals.

11: 56 am: Take a look at the Mumbai Rains figures of last 10 years for the month of December. Light to moderate with few intense showers to continue across Mumbai and adjoining regions.

11: 50 am: PM appealed BJP workers in Gujarat to help people, he wrote on Twitter,”With Cyclone Ockhi expected to make a landfall in Gujarat, I appeal to @BJP4Gujarat Karyakartas to focus on helping people across the state. Our Karyakartas should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens.”

11: 47 am: PM Modi is monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to Cyclone Ockhi. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Spoke to all relevant authorities and officials. All possible assistance is being provided to those affected.”

11: 42 am: As per the report, it is very likely to move north by north eastward and weaken gradually. It will then cross coasts of south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra near Surat as a deep depression by midnight of December 5.

11: 39 am: The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) took stock of the preparedness in Maharashtra and Gujarat which are likely to be impacted by the cyclone Ockhi. An official release said that the very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi over east central Arabian sea moved further northwards with a speed of 13 kmph early morning on Monday.

11: 36 am: 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.

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11: 26 am: A few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs in next 48 hours, the IMD said. After an alert by the IMD Mumbai observatory, the state government has announced a holiday today for schools in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts.

11: 23 am: People are taking shelter from rain near Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station following the movement of cyclone Ockhi towards the Maharashtra coast on Monday.

11: 21 am:  The traffic on Eastern and Western Express Highways in Mumbai has slowed down after rain in some parts of Mumbai throughout last night.

11: 16 am: Take a look at the updated track of cyclone:

11: 14 am: The weather department has forecast intermittent rains in Mumbai and suburbs in the next 24 hours.

11: 11 am: Some parts of the Munbai-Pune Expressway experienced a hailstorm early today.

11: 09 am: Meanwhile, in view of the warning about cyclone Ockhi in coastal areas of Maharashtra, the Western Railway (WR) today said it has taken necessary precautions and made suitable arrangements.


11: 03 am: Rain thundershower squally winds and rough sea conditions likely over Ahmedabad Amreli, Aravali, Bhavnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Gandhinagar Jamnagar, Kheda, Mahesana, Narmada, Navsari, Porbandar, Rajkot Sabar Kantha, Surat Surendranagar, Tapi, Vadodara Valsad in nxt 48 hrs

10: 57 am: Weather Alert for Maharashtra by Skymet: Moderate rain and thundershower with strong winds, rough sea over Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Mumbai Nandurbar, Nashik, Pune Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Satara, Thane Harnai and Kolhapur in next 36- 48 hrs.

10: 53 am: As Mumbai braces for Cyclone Ockhi, areas near the metropolis witnessed a spell of hailstorm, while schools and colleges in the city and adjoining districts have been closed today as a precautionary measure.

10: 49 am: Fishermen in the seas have been advised to return immediately and others told to keep off the sea for the next two days.

10: 31 am: 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.

10: 27 am: On December 6, 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.

10: 23 am: Meanwhile, 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.

10: 21 am: 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.

10: 18 am: BJP President Amit Shah’s public rallies in Rajula, Mahuva and Shihor cancelled due to Cyclone Ockhi in Gujarat.

10: 15 am: 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.

10: 06 am: Technical teams will monitor railway assets and essentials like electricity supply with back-up diesel generators, signal and telecom, breakdown equipments, accident relief trains or accident relief medical vans, etc are on standby for any eventuality.

10: 03 am: Ravinder Bhakar said, “Disaster Management Cell is in readiness for any emergencies, 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.”

9: 58 am: Western Railway PRO Ravinder Bhakar said that an emergency meeting of all departments was convened and they will remain on the water levels on the railway tracks, the Railway Protection Force and commercial staff will monitor crowd movements, especially in the areas of Palghar which have been placed on alert.

9: 55 am: The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation and the state Disaster Management Unit and the railways were fully geared for the cyclonic encounter expected over the next couple of days.

9: 50 am: 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.

9: 44 am: 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 Celsis.

9: 40 am: 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.

9: 37 am: Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced a “precautionary holiday’ on Tuesday (December 5) for all schools in the coastal districts of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg, in view of the predictions for the cyclone.

9: 33 am: With cyclone ‘Ockhi’ expected to make a landfall in south Gujarat today, Maharashtra went on a state of high alert to tackle the side-effect of the stormy weather.

9: 30 am: Indian Navy’s Sea King helicopter being used to carry relief material to Cyclone Ockhi affected Lakshadweep & Minicoy Islands.


9: 12 am: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held an urgent meeting with senior officials to take stock of the preparedness yesterday. During the meeting, he was apprised that as many as 50 boats from Kerala had drifted towards Gujarat’s Veraval coast due to the cyclone.

9: 02 am: Modi said the fishermen of South India who were at sea when the cyclone hit them have been saved. “The BJP has shown how a capable, alert government committed to society and development, can deliver great mresults,” he said.

8: 57 am: PM was quoted as saying, “(Cyclone) Ockhi is set to hit Gujarat after impacting South India. But our governments both in the state and at the Centre are prepared to tackle the situation. We are ready to ensure that the impact is minimum. The government machinery is preparing for this.”

8: 53 am: PM Modi said the BJP governments at Centre and Gujarat are prepared to tackle the situation when Cyclone Ockhi hits coastal Gujarat, likely around tomorrow midnight.

8: 50 am: While addressing a rally in coastal Jamnagar, PM Modi was quoted as saying that the BJP government had managed (to handle) all natural calamities, including the 2001 Bhuj earthquake (inGujarat) and is all prepared for Cyclone Ockhi.

8: 45 am: After leaving a trail of destruction on the southern coast, Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat at midnight with squally winds and heavy rainfall.

8: 43 am: Asserting that the BJP governments at Centre and Gujarat are prepared to tackle the situation when Cyclone Ockhi makes a landfall on state’s coast tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a jibe at the Congress over its “inefficient handling” of natural calamities in the past.

8: 41 am: According to the release, all emergency numbers have been updated. “A large number of RPF and other security personnel have been deployed on crowd management and other related activities at stations, yards. Ticket checking staff have also been put on crowd management duties,” it added.

8: 39 am: Patrolling of the tracks has been intensified over various rail sections. The Disaster Management Cell of WR is geared up to deal with any emergency.

8: 37 am: RPF and commercial control staff has been asked to monitor crowd movements and undertake necessary evacuation at stations in case of a disaster-like situation in Mumbai.

8: 35 am: The WR’s engineering control has been kept on alert to keep a watch on water level over railway tracks, it said in a release in Mumbai.

8: 34 am: The India Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rainfall in north Konkan and north Madhya Maharashtra due to the cyclone.

8: 32 am: Meanwhile, Indian Navy continued search and rescue (SAR) operations in full swing for the fifth day over Southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands in the aftermath of very severe cyclonic storm Ockhi on Monday. The Navy said the whole of Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands are under the cover of its ships and aircraft with rescue and relief operations on in full swing. The lndian Navy is determined to bring back normalcy to Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands most expeditiously, a Defence release said. All other ships at the disposal of Indian Navy would continue the search and rescue operations and provide relief till normalcy is restored.

8: 30 am: The Western Railway (WR) said it has taken necessary precautions and made suitable arrangements in view of the warning about cyclone Ockhi in coastal areas of Maharashtra.

8: 27 am: Mumbai will see good rainfall over the next two days, WATCH VIDEO

8: 25 am: According to an official release, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held an urgent meeting with senior officials to take stock of the preparedness. During the meeting, he was apprised that as many as 50 boats from Kerala had drifted towards Gujarat’s Veraval coast due to the cyclone, it said.

8: 23 am: In a port warning issued here, the MeT Centre said, “Sea condition would be rough. Fishermen (have been) advised not to venture into the sea till December 6. Hoist Distant Warning Signal Number 2 at all ports”.

8: 20 am: According to the IMD, Gujarat is very likely to experience a wet spell during the next four days. “Heavy rainfall might occur in Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir-Sonath and Bhavnagar districts on December 5,” it said.

8: 17 am: In view of the adverse weather conditions, the RoRo ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej across the Gulf of Khambhat has been suspended. The service, inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would resume on December 6 subject if the weather conditions are suitable.

8: 13 am: Visuals of Mumbai rain:


8: 11 am: Meanwhile, as per the prediction by skymet, more rains expected in Mumbai today.

8: 09 am: In view of the adverse weather conditions, the RoRo ferry service between Ghogha and Dahej across the Gulf of Khambhat has been suspended. The service, inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would resume on December 6 subject if the weather conditions are suitable.

8: 07 am: According to the IMD forecast, wind velocity would remain between 50 KMPH to 70 KMPH when the cyclone would make landfall.

8: 05 am: The principal secretary said collectors of the coastal districts have been asked to ensure that fishermen do not venture into the sea as it will remain rough. “Those fishermen who have already gone into sea should return now. Many such fishermen are already on their way to the coast,” he said.

8: 03 am: According to the IMD forecast, Cyclone Ockhi would enter south Gujarat tomorrow midnight. This will the impact coastal areas from Umargam (in south Gujarat) till Gir Somnath district (in Saurashtra).

8: 00 am: Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams each have been deployed at Surat, Navsari, and Rajkot. The officer said the Army, Navy, and the Border Security Force (BSF) have been alerted in the view of the cyclone’s landfall.

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