Over 5000 shifted as Gujarat braces for cyclone

Over 5000 shifted as Gujarat braces for cyclone

Over 5000 shifted as Gujarat braces for cyclone

It also advised fishermen to not venture into the sea along and off South Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts during next 24 hours as the sea condition is expected to be very rough.

"Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains", tweeted state Education Minister Vinod Tawde. NDRF teams are already on standby. He was scheduled to address a public meeting in Surat on Wednesday at 6 pm but he will now do so on Thursday at 1 pm.

The poll panel asked B B Swain to make "adequate, effective and fool-proof arrangements" for the smooth conduct of first phase polling for state Assembly elections on Saturday.

The city is likely to experience medium to heavy showers throughout the day and the intensity is likely to reduce by 3am. By the time it reaches Surat city, wind speed is expected to be 30-35 km. Even as cyclone Ockhi has now moved north of L&M islands, deployment of ships and aircraft are continuing in the area to search for the persons stranded at sea.

The rally of Modi can be again rescheduled on December 7, the party leader said.

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.

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