The Gir Somnath district collector has issued orders that fishermen are not to venture out to sea. Those already out are being contacted to return. Photograph:( ANI )
After creating havoc in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Cyclone Ockhi may now hit Gujarat.
Warnings have been issued to fishermen in Saurashtra, Gujarat.
The Gir Somnath district collector has said the cyclone may hit the Saurashtra coast in the next 48 hours.
#OckhiCyclone likely to lash Saurashtra coast in the next 48 hours and subsequently weaken. All fishermen are warned to not venture out & those already out to be contacted immediately to return: Collector Gir Somnath district #Gujarat— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017
Meanwhile, Commodore G Prakash, commanding officer of the INC Venduruthy, said the navy has rescued 25 people from the Lakshadweep Islands and another 13 from off the Kerala coast.
Prakash said the Lakshadweep Islands had suffered extensive damane.
That roofs had been blown off homes, trees had fallen on homes, and boats had capsized.
He added that the navy is conducting a massive search in the area.
We have rescued 25 people from Lakshadweep and picked 13 people off Kerala coast. Navy is continuing conducting a massive search with 8-10 ships off Kerala coast: Commodore G Prakash, Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy in #Kochi #CycloneOckhi pic.twitter.com/AdNAHId1MR— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017
Kerala: Team of Indian Navy makes preparation in Kochi to fly to Lakshadweep for rescue operation. So far 25 people have been rescued from Lakshadweep. pic.twitter.com/L5AKUxE7ZT— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has also reached Kanyakumari to review the situation.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached Kanyakumari, #TamilNadu and reviewed the current situation along with Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, senior ministers, officers of Navy, coastguard and district officials. #CycloneOckhi pic.twitter.com/1GM767unrU— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2017