Surat, Dec 5: The Surat administration has announced a holiday for schools and colleges in the district on December 6 as heavy rains and strong winds are expected to hit South Gujarat with Cyclone Ockhi moving close to the state’s coastal line. Surat and other parts of South Mumbai are likely to see heavy rains and winds over the next couple of days as Cyclone Ockhi moves Northeastwards after having led to destruction in Kerala. (Track Live updates on Cyclone Ockhi) 

“It’s likely to rain today, there will be strong winds. People have been advised not to go out at night. Those living in kachcha houses will be given shelter. NDRF is on alert. Municipality and local bodies are working on their level,” said Mahendra Patel, Surat DM. (Also Read: Mumbai Sees Highest Even 24-Hour December Rain as Ockhi Draws Closer)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Bharatiya Janata Party workers to come out and help people. “With Cyclone Ockhi expected to make a landfall in Gujarat, I appeal to Gujarat BJP Karyakartas to focus on helping people across the state. Our Karyakartas should devote themselves to providing all possible assistance and stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow citizens.”

The Indian Meteorological Department has put South Gujarat and North Maharashtra on alert as Cyclone Ockhi moves upwards. “Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Saurashtra and south Gujarat region on 05th December (Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir- Somnath, Bhavnagar, Diu, Daman, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli districts) and light to moderate rainfall over Gujarat region at many places on 6th December,” the IMD said in a statement.

The IMD said that squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph is also very likely along ad off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts during next 36 hours.