New Delhi, May 16: Cyclonic storm Tauktae has intensified and is expected to reach Gujarat coast by May 18 and bring heavy rain to some areas, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday evening.
The cyclone is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat, including extremely heavy falls in Junagadh and Gir Somnath and heavy to very heavy rain at a few places in the districts of Saurashtra, Kutch and Diu, namely Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Amreli, Rajkot, Jamnagar, the IMD said.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah chairs a review meeting with the CMs of Gujarat, Maharashtra & Administrator of Daman & Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli, to assess preparedness of States/ UT & Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned, to deal with situation arising out of Cyclone Tauktae pic.twitter.com/SKbji1QRkv
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah chairs a review meeting with the CMs of Gujarat, Maharashtra & Administrator of Daman & Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli, to assess preparedness of States/ UT & Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned, to deal with situation arising out of Cyclone Tauktae
The IMD had said the storm is likely to pass the Mumbai coast late Saturday or early Sunday from a distance, so minimal damage is expected. It will, however, cause gusty winds and heavy rain in a few places in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar. The visual shows Cyclone Tauktae hitting coastal parts of Goa.
“Due to Cyclone Tauktae, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was observed over 6 districts, 3 coastal districts and 3 Malnad districts in the past 24 hours. So far, 4 people have lost their lives, 73 villages affected,” Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority said.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa said that he is closely monitoring the cyclone situation in coastal areas and he is in contact with District in-charge ministers and DCs of the affected districts to ensure rescue and relief operations.
Due to cyclone Tauktae, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was observed over 6 districts, 3 coastal districts and 3 Malnad districts in the past 24 hours. So far, 4 people have lost their lives, 73 villages affected: Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA)
NDRF team that arrived from Pune to Goa has been deployed to Cuncolim Police Station, South Goa. Visuals from Mumbai’s Dadar Chaupati.
Visuals of the meeting between Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on the preparedness for Cyclone Tauktae.
Cyclone Tauktae intensified into a VSCS, lay centred at 2:30 am today about 150 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 490 km south of Mumbai, 730 km SSWest of Veraval (Gujarat), to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around May 18 early morning: IMD
Cyclone Tauktae lay centred at 11:30 pm on May 15 over Arabian Sea about 170 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 520 km south of Mumbai, is very likely to intensify into a VSCS, cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around early morning of May 18: IMD
In view of Cyclone Tauktae, 580 COVID patients were shifted from jumbo centres to other facilities. Visuals from last night.
Maharashtra | Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai says it will transfer 580 COVID patients from jumbo centres to other hospitals in safe places as a precautionary measure tonight, in view of Cyclone Tauktae
In view of Cyclone Tauktae, 71 relief camps have been opened across the state to shelter those affected by sea erosion. Currently, the camps house 2,094 people from 543 families: Chief Minister’s Office, Kerala CM
In view of Cyclone Tauktae, the State has activated its lifesaving machinery on beaches. NDRF team comprising 22 personnel carrying life saving equipment has already arrived; control rooms have been set up at District and Taluka level: Goa CM Pramod Sawant in a video message
Thunderstorm with lightning & moderate to intense spell of rain and gusty winds is likely to occur at isolated places in the district of Raigad for the next 3 hours. Take precautions while going out, don’t stand near large trees: IMD Mumbai in a warning on 15.05 at 10 pm
Cyclone Tauktae is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and intensify further; likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast on the morning of May 18 and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around the same afternoon: IMD
It said one IL-76 aircraft has airlifted 127 personnel and 11 tonnes of cargo from Bhatinda to Jamnagar. ”A C-130 aircraft has airlifted 25 personnel and 12.3 tonnes cargo from Bhatinda to Rajkot. Two C-130 aircraft have airlifted 126 personnel and 14 tonnes cargo from Bhubaneswar to Jamnagar,” the IAF said.
“The IAF has kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters on op readiness in peninsular India in preparation for the Cyclone Tauktae which is expected to cause very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall along the western coast of India in the next few days,” the IAF said in a statement.
The Indian Air Force on Saturday said it has kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters in readiness in peninsular India as part of preparations to deal with the situation that could arise out of cyclone Tauktae. The IAF has also decided to focus on COVID relief operations in the coastal areas in the next few days as bad weather is likely to affect air operations later, it said.
Three trains were cancelled on May 15, 11 on May 16, 22 on May 17, 13 on May 18, five on May 19, and one each on May 20 and 21, the WR said in a release.
All cancelled trains originate or terminate in cities in Saurashtra region.
Some trains were `short-terminated”, which means their journey will end before the final destination.
With cyclone Tauktaeheading towards Gujarat coast, the Western Railway (WR) on Saturday cancelled 56 trains till May 21 as a precaution.
In view of cyclonic storm Tauktae, the BMC has decided to move 58 Covid-19 patients from jumbo centres in Mumbai to safer places.
Arun (36), S Francis (58) and Surender (64) were stranded in the fishing vessel Badhriya from Thalessary harbour in the rough sea at around 10.20 pm on Friday.
In a swift operation, the Indian Coast Guard rescued three fishermen stranded in a marooned Indian fishing boat on the night of May 14 in the Cyclone Tauktae ravaged sea off Kannur.
Flights suspended in Lakshadweep till Sunday
Due to the cyclone warning in coastal Gujarat region on May 17 & May 18, many trains will be cancelled/short terminated: Western Railway
They said heavy rains are expected in coastal and neighboring districts and the effect of the cyclone is expected to be there till May 18.
Cyclone Tauktae will reach the state’s three coastal districts by Saturday night and the administration is prepared to tackle the situation and to carry out relief and rescue operations, two senior Karnataka Ministers have said.
During the meeting chaired by PM, It was discussed that cabinet secretary is in continuous touch with chief secretaries of coastal states & central ministries/agencies concerned. MHA is reviewing situation 24*7 & is in touch with state govts/UTs and central agencies concerned: PMO