Cyclone Ockhi, which claimed 13 lives in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, has now moved beyond Lakshadweep, the weather department said bringing huge relief to the people of the rain-battered states. However, many fishermen are still missing and warships have been deployed to comb the southeastern coast for fishing boats missing in wild seas.
UPDATE: The rising sea water level on Goan Beaches is due to the Super Moon and could also be due to the Cyclone.
CYCLONE NEWS UPDATE @ 9.20PM IST: As Cyclone Ockhi moves towards Maharashtra and Gujarat, Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde announced that schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurga, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts will remain shut on Tuesday. The disaster management unit of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also issued an advisory against visiting beaches in view of the high tide alert issued for Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Moreover, in view of the cyclone alert, six National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in Gujarat at Surat, Navsari and Rajkot. An emergency cell has also been opened at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kalyan, Central Railway Mumbai Division informed. The railway division also tweeted that more than 250 railway police force and Maharashtra State Security Force personnel have been deployed on crowd management at stations, yards. Break-down equipment such as Accident Relief Train, Accident Relief medical van, Road ART have been kept in readiness, the division added.
The Indian Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Mumbai observatory issued a rain and thundershower warning for the city and suburbs beginning Monday night owing to the cyclonic storm Ockhi. They said that the situation would persist on Tuesday as well. Some parts of city started witnessing drizzle from Monday evening itself.
Kicking off a Supermoon trilogy, a big moon is coming to your neighborhood on Sunday, the first in a two-month series of celestial shows.
A full moon Sunday will hit the point in its elliptical orbit where it’s closest to Earth. At that point, known as the perigee, it will appear brighter and bigger than usual.
A good time to catch the Supermoon is shortly after the moon rises at 5:26 p.m. Sunday, when it can be seen in the context of buildings and other earthly objects — and thus will appear larger than when it’s higher in the sky.
Because it’s closer to Earth, the moon has a “stronger gravitational pull,” causing causing higher-than-normal tides — 9.3 feet at the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor at 11:22 a.m. Sunday.
If this all isn’t exciting enough, just wait until next month: Jan. 1 and Jan. 31 both will feature Supermoons. With two full moons in one month, the second is also known as a blue moon.
Ockhi is now expected to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director S Sudevan in Thiruvananthapuram, though it is likely to lose intensity, reported news agency Reuters.
As many as 531 fishermen, stranded in the choppy waters off the Kerala and the Lakshadweep coasts due to Cyclone Ockhi, have been rescued, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. So far 393 people from Kerala have been rescued, Mr Vijayan said, as the state government announced a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the family of those who died in the storm.
Rescue operations are still on with Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard’s coordinated efforts in Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam coastal area. In Tamil Nadu, 60 fishermen are still missing and the Navy has been called in for their rescue.
The Tamil Nadu government has also requested the centre to deploy helicopters of the Navy and the Coast Guard for the search and rescue efforts.
Meanwhile, distressed family members of missing fishermen blocked the National Highway in Thiruvananthapuram’s Poonthura alleging rescue operations have been inadequate.
The situation is much worse in South Goa, according to reports. Swimmers are advised to be very careful while venturing into the sea due to strong retreating currents. Fisher-folk have been advised to stay away from the sea for 2-3 days.