Cyclone Ockhi weakens, may not hit Gujarat: IMD

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The Chief Minister explained the measures initiated by the government to deal with the disaster.

According to the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), about 240 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, 250 from Kerala and 1,047 people in Lakshadweep have been rescued till now from the seas.

After battering Southern India, the Cyclone Ockhi headed towards Gujarat coast in view of which more than 5,000 people were shifted to safer locations.

"The Home Secretary is personally dealing with the situation and all efforts are being taken in the areas", a senior Home Ministry official said. Fishermen have been warned not to go out into the sea off these coasts on these days otherwise the result may be disastrous. "Damage to ripe paddy crops and minor damage to "kutcha" embankments are expected", NDMA statement read.

"The depression over east-central and adjoining north-east Arabian Sea weakened into a well-marked low pressure area over east central Arabian sea and adjoining areas of north-east Arabian Sea, north coastal Maharashtra and south coastal Gujarat at 23:30 hours yesterday", the release said.

"The government agencies at the centre and the affected States are regularly monitoring the cyclonic storm and are conducting necessary relief and rescue operations". "Every attempt is being made by Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force to get the missing fishermen and to bring them back to safety", said Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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