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December 18 2017, 02:52 | Irvin Gilbert
Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges closed as Cyclone Ockhi threat looms
Amid the heat of the Gujarat polls, cyclone Ockhi, eddying menacingly towards the state's coast, poured cold water on the campaigning today, forcing cancellation of rallies of several top leaders, including those by BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Andaman and Nicobar Islands during next three days.
Meanwhile Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath called on Mr Modi and handed over a cheque of Rs 5 crore for the cyclone-affected people in Lakshadweep and other states, an official statement said.
BJP MP Manoj Tiwari's roadshow in Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad was also cancelled due to light showers, said party's Bapunagar MLA Jagroopsinh Rajput. It is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat today with squally winds and heavy rainfall.
Fishermen living along and off South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coasts have been advised not to venture into the sea till Wednesday morning.
He also said that he was monitoring the situation arising in various parts of the country due to the cyclone. Over 167 people are still missing after the cyclone hit both the states on November 30.
A total of 556 fishermen were also rescued by relief and rescue teams from seas.
The official said that 10 ships and five aircrafts of Navy; 13 ships, four dornier aircrafts and one Chetak helicopter of Indian Coast Guard; one Advanced Light Helicopter, two MI-17 chopper and an AN-32 aircraft of Air Force is being used in the rescue operation.