Ockhi drifts away from Gujarat, Surat safe

Over 3,200 people were evacuated from 29 coastal villages in Surat on dangers of wreckage similar to Goa. According to the Meteorological Centre, cyclone Ockhi has started to weaken and may not hit south Gujarat. The deep depression has drifted at 18/kmph in east central Arabian Sea, 240 kms away from Surat. This has caused rainfall and high speed winds across Gujarat and some parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Officials said that that security forces- NDRF, BSF, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard have been alerted

“It is very likely to move north-northeastwards, weaken further and cross south Gujarat. There is a bright chance the cyclone may not hit south of Gujarat. The system weakened primarily because it’s winter and the sea surface near the coast is colder. The story would have been different if it were the monsoon or pre-monsoon season.” Jayanta Sarkar, director of the MeT office said.

Although the cyclone has become weak, the state administration has been prepared to meet any eventuality.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani traveled to Surat and took a review meeting of all arrangements to deal with the situation. He reassured via Tweet that everything is under control and they are well prepared to counter any adversities.

Sources- Indian Express, Business Standard