Western Railways gears up for cyclone Ockhi

Altogether 809 fishermen with their boats from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were swept away and reached Maharashtra coast where they were provided food and shelter

Amid the heat of the Gujarat polls, cyclone Ockhi, eddying menacingly towards the state's coast, poured cold water on the campaigning today, forcing cancellation of rallies of several top leaders, including those by BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Meanwhile, the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting beaches. Fishermen were warned not to put out to sea and those out fishing were called back.

Eastern and Western Railway in Mumbai have also taken necessary steps in order to avoid any kind of untoward incident as Cyclone Ockhi is expected to hit coastal areas of Maharashtra.

Earlier the cyclonic storm passed the Mumbai coast bringing rains in its wake but did not cause any damage to life or property, a senior civic official said in Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the nation that the government is continously monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to Cyclone Ockhi. Spoke to all relevant authorities and officials.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next three days.

"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.

Asking people not to panic in case of a cyclone alert, the NDMA said 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 Wednesday.

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