Cyclone Ockhi not to hit Gujarat coast, PM Modi's rally changed

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 06, 2017 08:10 hrs

Ahmedabad: Cyclone Ockhi, which was expected to make landfall near Gujarat's Surat, is gradually weakening and will not hit the coast as predicted earlier, the Meteorological Centre has said.

Gujarat is on alert, with rescue and relief teams stationed at its coast. Several top leaders were forced to cancel their election rallies in the state, which saw rain in several parts through the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rally in Surat, which was to take place on Wednesday, has been moved to Thursday.

Ockhi passed by Mumbai on Tuesday bringing mostly light showers, but caused no damage to life or property, officials said.

It earlier caused havoc in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep islands. The Kerala government has intensified the search operations to trace the fishermen who have been missing since November 29.

"As of now, 10 people died in Tamil Nadu and 29 others in Kerala. The whereabouts of 74 fishermen in Tamil Nadu and 93 fishermen in Kerala is not known yet," senior home ministry official Sanjeev Kumar said.

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