Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall on the coast of Maharashtra within the next 24 hours, the Met department has said, even as the scale of cyclone forecast has been reduced from "very severe" to "severe" for Monday.
"Till yesterday, 164 fishermen were rescued". Apart from claiming at least 25 lives, trees and electricity poles were uprooted, roofs of houses and other structures were blown off and train and flight services were halted on Friday and Saturday as Ockhi with wind speeds between 155 and 165 km per hour struck the southern coastal state of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Lakshadweep archipelago in the Arabian Sea.
The IMD said that the "very severe cyclonic storm" is presently centered over the east-central Arabian Sea, 670 kilometers southwest of Mumbai and 850 kilometers south-southwest of Gujarat.
Pankaj Kumar, principal secretary (revenue department), said cyclone Ockhi is likely to cross south Gujarat near Surat by December 5.
"Due to #CycloneOckhi 28 more boats with 321 fishermen landed at Ratnagiri today", Fadnavis tweeted.
Coastal guards said 516 fishermen in the boats were safe, Manorama News reported. "23 from Tamil Nadu, 3 from Kerala & 2 from Karnataka".
"The search and rescue operations by the Indian Navy, Coastguard and Air Force will continue with full vigour", she said.
The boats are now docked at Mirya Bunder, Ratnagiri.
Meanwhile the fisher community in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday made a decision to launch their own rescue operations as 55 boats ventured into the sea to search for the missing fishermen.
The cyclone, which has caused widespread damage in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts, will not be termed a national disaster, Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons said on Sunday. I have examined all the official records and not seen any advance warning.
On Sunday evening, Defence Minister Nirmala Seetharaman arrived inThiruvananthapuram and left for Kanyakumari on a helicopter to visit the affected areas in south Tamil Nadu.