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Cyclone Ockhi: Mumbai on target; schools shut, Railway opens emergency cell

Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts

Agencies  |  Mumbai 

A relief worker places sand bags on the banks of a beach in Kochi in wake of cyclone Ockhi on Saturday.  (Photo: PTI)
A relief worker places sand bags on the banks of a beach in Kochi in wake of cyclone Ockhi on Saturday. (Photo: PTI)

The government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges in and adjoining districts on Tuesday due to "serious weather predictions" in view of Cyclone Ockhi.

An official at the office of India Meteorological Department said on account of the cyclone, the megapolis has started receiving rainfall due to spread of clouds.


The disaster management unit of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting beaches in view of the high tide alert issued for tonight and tomorrow morning due to the cyclone.

"Precautionary holiday declared on 5/12/17 for schools and colleges in Metropolitan Region, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar Districts for the safety of the students due to the serious weather predictions on #CycloneOckhi #MumbaiRains," state Education Minister Vinod Tawde tweeted.

According to the IMD official, a warning of heavy rainfall was issued in north Konkan and north Madhya

"The centre of the cyclone is around 600 km from but its cloud band has spread along the coastal areas. Hence, light rainfall has started in The intensity of rains will increase as the cyclone approaches," the official said.

He said as the cyclone approaches Maharashtra, the clouds would become denser and wind velocity would increase.

"We are expecting wind velocity of around 50-60 km per hour over the next two days," the official said, adding that in view of the cyclone, the IMD has forecast a drop in maximum temperatures by two to three degrees and a drop in minimum temperatures by about one to two degrees.

Following the threat, the Central Railway Division updated all emergency number and also opened up an emergency cell at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kalyan.

"More than 250 railway police force and State Security Force personnel have been deployed on crowd management & other related activities at stations, yards etc. Break-down equipment such as Accident Relief Train, Accident Relief medical van, Road ART has been kept in readiness for any eventuality,” Central Railway tweeted.



First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 08:21 IST
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