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Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates: Cyclonic Storm to Cross Gujarat coast between 10pm and 11pm

Shivam Dwivedi
Shivam Dwivedi
Cyclone Tauktae
Cyclone Tauktae

The India Meteorological Department said that Tauktae has intensified into "Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm" with a wind speed of 180 to 190 kmph gusting to 210 kmph. 

This cyclone is moving northwards along India's western coast, is meant to reach Gujarat on Monday evening, and cross the coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (in Bhavnagar district of Gujrat) late in the night.  

10 Latest Updates on Cyclone Tauktae:  

Below are the latest updates on Tauktae Cyclone: 

  • The India Meteorological Department has warned of storm surges of up to 3 metres high (9.8 feet) in some coastal districts of the Gujarat. 

  • The government said, “More than 150,000 people are set to be evacuated from coastal districts in Gujarat, where the continued COVID-19 vaccination rollout are going to be suspended on Monday and Tuesday”. 

  • Also, there’s an entire suspension of fishing operations over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and along and off Kerala- Karnataka- Goa- Maharashtra coasts. The government has also prohibited fishing operations from May 17 in the wake of the cyclone. 

  • On Sunday, Union Home Minister chaired a review meeting with chief ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra and administrator of Daman and Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli to assess the preparedness of states and central ministries to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone Tauktae. 

  • Rescue and Relief teams from the military, navy and coast guard, along with ships and aircraft, have been deployed at required places. The Indian Air Force has kept 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters operation ready as a preparation for the cyclone. 

  • The Centre and state governments have ordered evacuation of thousands of people from low-lying areas. Tauktae cyclone has so far killed six people - two in Goa and four in Karnataka. 

  • Trains along the western coast are cancelled and short terminated, and therefore the disruption is expected to continue till May 21. 

  • A light rainfall with gusty winds was witnessed in Mumbai early Monday as Tauktae crossed Maharashtra. The IMD has predicted moderate to intense spells of rain at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar and Ratnagiri. 

  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with its three teams, stationed within the western suburbs of Mumbai are placed on alert. Teams of the Indian Navy are also are kept on standby, officials said. 

  • In May 2020, more than 110 people died after "super cyclone" Amphan ravaged eastern India and Bangladesh, flattening villages, destroying farms and leaving millions without electricity. 

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