Cyclone Ockhi lends much-needed calm to campaign scenario

Boeing P8I Aircraft has been deployed at first light from INS Rajali on Friday morning. Courtesy ANI news

Boeing P8I Aircraft has been deployed at first light from INS Rajali on Friday morning. Courtesy ANI news

BJP leader Amit Shah's poll rallies scheduled on Tuesday in Rajula town of Amreli and Mahuva and Shihor of Bhavnagar district were cancelled, as were Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's rallies in Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar.

Meanwhile, the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory against visiting beaches.

According to the latest weather forecast, Cyclone Ockhi moves closer to Gujarat and is likely to make landfall in the state on Tuesday night. Fishermen were warned not to put out to sea and those out fishing were called back.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted regarding Cyclone Ockchi, asking the Gujarat government to be ready for the extended support to help out people. Spoke to all relevant authorities and officials.

Due to the impact of the cyclone, Mumbai and its suburbs received rains since Tuesday morning, but the weather eased by afternoon even as a hailstorm lashed some sections of the Munbai-Pune Expressway. "All possible assistance is being provided to those affected", he said in another tweet.

Reports said rains, winds and a fall in temperature across many districts have slowed down political activities.

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next three days. It also advised fishermen to not venture into the sea along and off South Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts during next 24 hours as the sea condition is expected to be very rough.

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