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Cyclone Ockhi moves towards Gujarat, Maha

Cyclone Ockhi moves towards Gujarat, Maha
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Cyclone Ockhi, which left behind a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, is now over the Arabian Sea around 690km...

New Delhi: Cyclone Ockhi, which left behind a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, is now over the Arabian Sea around 690km south-southwest of Mumbai and 870km south-southwest of Gujarat’s Surat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.

“It is likely to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts by Tuesday morning and settle as a deep depression,” IMD said.

“We have issued heavy rainfall warnings for Gujarat, while light to moderate rain is expected in isolated areas in north Konkan, including Mumbai, on Tuesday,” it added. The scale of the cyclone was reduced from ‘very severe’ on Sunday to ‘severe’, the weather department said. It has warned fisherman along the Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka coastline not to venture into the sea from Monday to Wednesday.

The high winds and persistent rains hit the southern districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu last week and caused loss to life and property. The death toll climbed to 28 in Kerala after a rescue team recovered two more bodies on Monday and officials said at least 90 people were still missing in the state.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu said on Sunday that the number of deaths in the state due to Cyclone Ockhi has reached 19. They also said that at least 690 people have been rescued so far and 96 were still missing. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday that representatives of fishermen will also be included in the ongoing search operation to rescue the missing in Kerala.

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