Cyclone Tauktae, “Extremely Severe”, Expected To Hit Gujarat This Evening


Cyclone Tauktae is expected to cross the Gujarat coast in the early hours of Tuesday

New Delhi:
Cyclone Tauktae – an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ – is currently 160 km south-southwest of Mumbai and is “very likely” to reach the Gujarat coast between 8 pm and 11 pm, with gusts of up to 200 km per hour, the weather department said today.

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  1. Around 25,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas between Porbandar and Mahuva in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district in anticipation of Tauktae hitting the coast later today. Overall more than 1.5 lakh people have been shifted from low-lying areas in the state. Officials are bracing for very heavy rainfall and winds of up to 190 km per hour. Similar warnings are also in place in Junagarh, Gir Somnath and Amreli.

  2. Windspeed warnings – 120-140 km per hour with gusts up to 165 km per hour – have also been issued for Bharuch and south Ahmedabad. Similar warnings – 90-100 km per hour with gusts up to 120 km per hour – have also been sounded in Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Morbi and Kheda for early Tuesday.

  3. Officials are also bracing for damage across Kutch, Jamnagar, Valsad, Surat and Vadodara, and interior parts of Ahmedabad districts. Tauktae is expected to cause major damage to thatched and mud houses and huts, as well as trees, embankments and salt pans, and coastal crops. Minor damage is expected to power and communication lines.

  4. On Monday morning news agency ANI said nearly 7,000 fishing boats – around 2,200 from Gujarat and 4,500 from Maharashtra had been safely returned to their respective harbours. In addition over 300 merchant ships have been alerted or re-routed and oil rig operators in the area have been warned.

  5. According to National Disaster Response Force head SN Pradhan, the number of NDRF teams has been increased to 101 – of which 65 have been pre-deployed – across all coastal districts expected to be hit. Quick response medical teams (10) and five public health response teams, with stocks of emergency medicines, have also been deployed. The Indian Air Force has kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters in ‘operation-ready’ state.

  6. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who has urged people to stay indoors as far as possible, has also asked officials to ensure electricity supply to COVID-19 hospitals and other medical facilities. Gujarat is among the states most badly affected by the second Covid wave; the state has over 1.11 lakh active cases and over 9,000 deaths have been linked to the virus.

  7. Mumbai experienced light rainfall and gusty winds early Monday. Five temporary shelters have been set up in each of the city’s 24 wards, and three NDRF teams in the western suburbs have been put on alert. The weather department has predicted moderate to intense spells of rain with winds reaching 75 to 85 km per over the city, as well as Thane, Raigad, Palghar and Ratnagiri districts in next few hours.

  8. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said the state – the worst-affected by the pandemic – would ensure power and oxygen for hospitals and that patients undergoing treatment at Covid and non-Covid facilities in coastal areas had been relocated.

  9. Rainfall alerts have also been issued in the Konkan regions and for Goa, as well as parts of Rajasthan. The Goa government said Tauktae has uprooted electric poles and damaged houses.

  10. On Saturday Tauktae triggered strong wind, heavy rainfall and high tidal waves along the Karnataka, Kerala and Goa coasts, killing at least four people. It also forced the evacuation of lakhs of people living in coastal areas of the affected states.

With input from ANI, PTI

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