Over 5000 shifted as Gujarat braces for cyclone

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

The Home Ministry has claimed that Cyclone Ockhi is likely to be less effective in Gujarat.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next three days.

PM Narendra Modi also appealed to party workers in Gujarat to focus on helping people across the state. Read Also: Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress manifesto promises happiness for all The BJP also called off rallies and press conferences of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Surat.

Mumbai has already started receiving rains due to Cyclone Ockhi.

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"Our karyakartas (workers) should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens", he added further. Amit Shah's poll rallies in Rajula, Mahuva and Shihor on Tuesday were also cancelled. Talking to reporters after a meeting with CM Pinarayi Vijayan to review steps taken by the Centre and the state, Sitharaman said, "We want to make sure that each and every fishermen who had set sail from Kerala comes back safe".

The state governments are verifying with the affected villages to find the exact number of missing fishermen.

It has warned that when the cyclone hits the Gujarat coast, "wind speed would remain between 50 and 60 kmph and may reach up to 70 kmph in south Gujarat".

The official said that 10 ships and five aircrafts of Navy; 13 ships, four dornier aircrafts and one Chetak helicopter of Indian Coast Guard; one Advanced Light Helicopter, two MI-17 chopper and an AN-32 aircraft of Air Force is being used in the rescue operation.

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