India, Sri Lanka - Tropical Cyclone OCKHI Update (DG ECHO, GDACS, IMD, RSMC, Disaster Risk Management Sri Lanka, Local media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 6 December 2017)

  • Tropical Cyclone OCKHI continued moving over the east central Arabian Sea toward the north-western coast of India, weakening. On 6 December at 0.00 UTC, it made landfall close to Surat city (Gujarat State) as a Tropical Depression.

  • According to national authorities, as of 6 December at 8.00 UTC, 15 people have been killed, at least two have gone missing, 77 have been injured and over 34 000 houses have been damaged in the Sri Lanka provinces of Western, Southern, Central, Sabaragam uwa, North Central, North Western and Uva.

  • As a precautionary measure, the Government of India earlier evacuated 3 200 people from low-lying coastal areas in Gujarat and Maharashtra and stationed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and army personnel in different strategic locations.

  • No more humanitarian impact is expected due to this cyclone.

  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain could still affect western India, while over coastal districts of Gujarat and Maharashtra light-moderate rainfall is expected until this afternoon.