Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges closed as Cyclone Ockhi threat looms

Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges closed as Cyclone Ockhi threat looms

Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges closed as Cyclone Ockhi threat looms

Meanwhile, Mumbai Disaster Management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting the beaches today and tomorrow, as the cyclone is expected to hit the coast of Maharashtra within the next 48 hours. Reports said that heavy rainfall warning has been issued for Tuesday in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nasik and Jalgaon districts. NDRF teams have been put on alert and deployed at critical locations.

With cyclone Ockhi inching towards Gujarat after creating havoc in parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he is constantly monitoring the situation in various states. Rain will intensify gradually.

"We are expecting wind velocity of around 50-60 km per hour over the next two days", the official added.

The Home Ministry has claimed that Cyclone Ockhi is likely to be less effective in Gujarat. Schools in 16 villages in Ahmedabad will also stay closed on account of Cyclone Ockhi. Shah's poll rallies scheduled today in Rajula town of Amreli and Mahuva and Shihor of Bhavnagar district have been cancelled, a party release said.

The coastal areas of Saurashtra and South Gujarat, which go to polls in the first phase on December 9, are among the most impacted by the cyclonic storm.

Beside Modi's rally, a public meeting of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari in Surat on Wednesday have also been postponed. Though Vaghela was supposed to reach Surat on Tuesday night, he dropped his plan due to the approaching cyclone.

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