Cyclone Ockhi claims 39 lives so far; More than 500 persons rescued

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"We want minimal loss to life and property", he added. Preventive measures are asked to take by the government to deal with the side-effects of the stormy weather.

As two dozen-odd rallies and road shows were called off by respective parties, Mr. Modi and Mr. Gandhi instructed their respective party workers and volunteers to assist people during the cyclone.

An MHA official dealing with the current crisis said 220 people had been rescued in Tamil Nadu, 309 in Kerala and 33 tourists, including foreigners were rescued in Lakshadweep on Tuesday.

After leaving a trail of destruction on the southern coast, Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat on Tuesday with squally winds and heavy rainfall. Fishermen have been warned not to go out into the sea off these coasts on these days otherwise the result may be disastrous. "It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken further and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a depression by tonight (5 December 2017)", the bulletin read.

"The Cabinet Secretary held a video conference with the Chief Secretaries and the senior officers of the affected States and UTs to review situation".

To date, over 600 fishermen have been rescued, and state governments are working with local fishing villages to gather more information on who was out to sea and who has returned.

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