Cyclone Ockhi: Mumbai receives highest December rainfall since 1967

Government officials said that 33000 people in Kerala and 2800 in Tamil Nadu have been affected by the cyclone so far.

On Tuesday the cyclone passed the Mumbai coast and much to the relief of the people in Maharashtra's capital, it just brought rains and there was no loss of life or damage to property. Preventive measures are asked to take by the government to deal with the side-effects of the stormy weather. Deaths in the two states are said to 10 and 29 respectively.

Heavy rain and strong winds, triggered by Cyclone Ockhi, had battered the coastal villages, and many fishermen, who had ventured out into the sea, were yet to return. Fishermen have been warned not to go out into the sea off these coasts on these days otherwise the result may be disastrous.

Meanwhile the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by cabinet secretary PK Sinha, has been reviewing the rescue and relief operations being carried out in high seas and coastal areas hit by Cyclone Ockhi.

Ahir also stated that the state governments were working to help as much as they can, while they were also constantly monitoring the situation.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other top officials have also rushed to Surat to monitor the situation as the cyclone is likely to make landfall in South Gujarat region. The system had intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm.

Vanessa Coleman