Gujarat Elections 2017: Cyclone Ockhi pours cold water on poll campaign

OCKHI' over eastcentral Arabian Sea to move Maharastra coast

Cyclone Ockhi: Maha, Guj on high alert; Kerala toll at 25

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's rallies in Gujarat's Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar cancelled due to bad weather Cyclone Ockhi. BJP MP Manoj Tiwari's roadshow in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad was also cancelled due to light showers since early morning, Bapunagar MLA Jagroopsinh Rajput said. Fishermen were warned not to put out to sea and those out fishing were called back.

"We have issued high alert in all coastal districts and taken all precautionary measures", Gujarat's Principal Secretary (Revenue) told media persons in Gandhinagar after Chief Secretary J.N. Singh held a review meeting with the top officials.

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With cyclone Ockhi inching towards Gujarat after creating havoc in parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he is constantly monitoring the situation in various states.

Cyclonic Ockhi, whose landfall is expected Tuesday midnight along the Gujarat coast, has brought some much-needed calm to the election campaigns in the State.

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He tweeted to inform that he has spoken to all relevant authorities and officials and that all possible assistance is being provided to those affected. However, with these rains, Mumbai has broken the decade old December rain record. Not only this, strong surface winds will prevail over the region with wind speed ranging between 40-50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph. Mumbai will witness light to moderate rainfall in the coming days. Dozens of fishermen were rescued Friday from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi.

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