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Thousands Moved As Rain From Cyclone Tauktae Hammers West Coast: 10 Facts

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Cyclone Tauktae is likely to make landfall in Gujarat on Tuesday morning.

Mumbai:
Thousands of people – including Covid patients – in Gujarat and Maharashtra are being evacuated to safe locations because of Cyclone Tauktae, which will reach the Gujarat coast on Monday evening, unleashing winds with speed up to 175 km/hour.

Here top 10 updates on Cyclone Tauktae:

  1. Severe cyclonic storm Tauktae intensified overnight into a “very severe cyclonic storm” over the east-central Arabian Sea, the weather office said this morning. It is very likely to intensify further and reach the Gujarat coast in the evening of May 17. It is expected to make landfall the next morning between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district, it added.

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  2. The weather office said wind with speeds reaching 60-70 kmph, gusting to 80 kmph, along and off Maharashtra and Goa coasts are expected today and tomorrow. “Tidal wave of about 2-3 metres above astronomical tide is likely to inundate coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar district, and 1-2 metres along Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and 0.5-1 metre over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat,” it added. Cyclone Tauktae has triggered heavy rainfall in some parts of Maharashtra and other states on the west coast.

  3. Cyclone Tauktae is expected to damage houses, trigger flooding of escape routes and cause disruptions to railway services. It can also disrupt power supply, which is critical for the treatment of Covid patients on oxygen and ventilator support.

  4. In Maharashtra, coastal areas are on high alert. Covid patients undergoing treatment at dedicated facilities in coastal areas are being relocated. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office tweeted that the government would ensure uninterrupted power and oxygen supplied in hospitals. Police and other officials have been deployed to deal with the cyclone. “Patients will not face gaps in the treatment,” it said.

  5. The Gujarat government said it would evacuate more than 1 lakh people to safe locations. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has asked officials to ensure that electricity supply to COVID-19 hospitals and other medical facilities are not disrupted while oxygen supply is maintained, news agency Reuters reported.

  6. The National Crisis Management Committee, led by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, on Sunday reviewed the preparedness of state governments and the central ministries in dealing with the Cyclone Tauktae fallout. They said 79 relief teams have been deployed to tackle the cyclone. Rescue and relief teams of the Army, Navy and Coast Guard, along with ships and aircraft, have also been deployed to deal with emergencies. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also chaired a review meeting with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Administrators of Daman and Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli, to assess their preparedness.

  7. According to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) head SN Pradhan, the strength of NDRF teams has been increased to 101 in all affected coastal districts. 65 NDRF teams have been pre-deployed as of now. 10 quick response medical teams and 5 public health response teams with emergency medicines have also been deployed.

  8. The Coast Guard on Sunday said all fishing boats, except 18 in Maharashtra and one in Gujarat, have reached harbours and taken shelter in ports. “Pre-emptive measures in full swing for Maharashtra & Gujarat. Barring 18 boats from Maharashtra and one boat from Gujarat, all boats have either returned to harbour or taken shelter in nearby ports,” it tweeted.

  9. Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said today that at least four people have died, and 73 villages across six districts in Karnataka have been affected, because of Cyclone Tauktae.

  10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on Saturday evening and told officials to ensure people are safely evacuated. He has directed officials to plan for unhindered movement of oxygen tankers.

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