Mumbai: schools, colleges closed due to Cyclone Ockhi

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, December, 05 2017 - 15:01

The Maharashtra government has declared holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts as a precautionary measurement as Cyclone Ockhi passes through the coast of Maharashtra before it makes landfall near Surat and the Gulf of Khambat in Gujarat on Wednesday. 

Mumbai city experienced unseasonal showers on Monday. Some parts of the Munbai-Pune Expressway experienced a hailstorm early on Tuesday, police said.

As per reports Cyclone Ockhi now lies centred in the Arabian Seaabout 390 kilometers from Surat.

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.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir-Sonath and Bhavnagar districts on Tuesday.

Intermittent rains are likely in Mumbai and suburbs in the next 24 hours.As per report of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 km per hour gusting to 70 km per hour is very likely along coastal area in the next 24 hours.

The disaster management unit of Mumbai has advised people against visiting beaches in view of high tide alert. Fishermen have been asked not to venture out into the sea.

The Cyclone Ockhi, which struck southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala on November 30 has already claimed over 20 lives.

Search and rescue operations have been intensified to trace the 92 fishermen missing in the sea.

Cyclone Ockhi is likely to cross South Gujarat by tonight, according to IMD.



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