Gujarat polls: PM Modi's Wednesday rally postponed in view of cyclone Ochki

Rahul Gandhi, who was to address four rallies in Gujarat on Tuesday, could manage to address the people of Anjar in Kutch. "The intensity of rains will increase as the cyclone approaches", the official said.

Cyclone Ochki has claimed lives of 39 people from the state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Minister had earlier visited Vizhinjam and Poonthura fishing hamlets, from where most number of fishermen have been reported missing.

Asked whether the cyclone would affect the election process in Gujarat, Jindal said there was no such possibilities as it has already slowed down.

Due to the impact of the cyclone, Mumbai and its suburbs received rains since Tuesday morning, but the weather eased by afternoon even as a hailstorm lashed some sections of the Munbai-Pune Expressway.

"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.

The Mumbai centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday urged the fisherman working on the Maharashtra -Goa coasts to not venture in the sea for the next 48 hours.

OCKHI' over eastcentral Arabian Sea likely to move northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by mid-night of 5 December 2017.

Minor damage to loose unsecured structures and minor damage to banana trees, agriculture near coast due to salt spray is expected.


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