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Maharashtra Govt. declares holiday in schools, colleges due to Cyclone Ockhi

Maharashtra Govt. declares holiday in schools, colleges due to Cyclone Ockhi

The Home Ministry has claimed that Cyclone Ockhi is likely to be less effective in Gujarat. Mumbai will witness light to moderate rainfall in the coming days.

PM Narendra Modi also appealed to party workers in Gujarat to focus on helping people across the state.

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. Rahul Gandhi's seventh visit to poll-bound Gujarat since September.

BJP president Amit Shah, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Congress leader Raj Babbar were among those whose election rallies slated for Tuesday were cancelled.

"Our karyakartas (workers) should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens", he added further.

Boats docked at Worli
Boats docked at Worli

A total of 556 fishermen were also rescued by relief and rescue teams from seas.

Fishermen living along and off South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coasts are advised not to venture into the sea till Wednesday morning.

While 33 tourists, both domestic and foreign, were safe in Lakshadweep, 250 fishermen could also reach safely in the islands from the high seas after being hit by the cyclone.

The official said a number of 74 people from Tamil Nadu and over 93 from Kerala are still missing and that the state government is in the process to identify them in the villages. The Navy has deployed 10 naval ships and eight aircraft, round the clock service late last night for the ongoing rescue operations.




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