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Cyclone Tauktae Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Gujarat and Diu in just a few hours to take stock of damages caused by cyclone Tauktae.

The Prime Minister will leave Delhi at 9.30 am on Wednesday and land at Bhavnagar, Gujarat. From Bhavnagar, the PM will proceed for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva. He will also hold a review meeting at Ahmedabad after the aerial survey.

As many as 45 persons lost their lives in cyclone- related incidents in the state as it left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles, trees and damaging thousands of houses and roads.

The cyclone, categorised as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday, has now weakened into a depression and lay centred over south Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat region on Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department said.

Cyclone Tauktae has impacted the weather conditions in several parts of Northern India. Many areas like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Delhi are likely to witness rainfall in the coming few hours on Wednesday.

Cyclone Tauktae Updates:

Mumbai Police issues statement

4 bodies have been handed over to Police and 4 different accidental death reports (ADR) have been registered at Yellow Gate Police Station, in connection to the deaths of Barge P305's crew members. Indian Navy has confirmed 26 deaths so far

Cyclone wreaks havoc on crops; mango, banana plantations worst hit

Cyclone Tauktae, which claimed the lives of 45 persons in Gujarat, has also caused a huge damage to standing summer crops, with the Kesar variety of mango that is mainly grown in the coastal districts of Gir Somnath and Junagadh, bearing its brunt along with the coconut and banana plantations in parts of the state, farmers said.

MV Denali anchored off Tarapur

MV Denali anchored off Tarapur (Maharashtra). All crew safe. MV Samarpan safe and adrift 19NM south of Diu. All crew safe. Both vessels being monitored by MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), Mumbai, said Indian Coast Guard.

PM Modi announces financial assistance of 1,000 crore for Gujarat

PM Modi on Wednesday announced financial assistance of 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities in Gujarat. The Centre will also deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to the state to assess the extent of damage in Gujarat, Prime Minister's Office said.

2 lakh ex-gratia to families that lost member to cyclone Tauktae: PM Modi

Ex-gratia of 2 lakh would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to Cyclone Tauktae in all the affected states, PM Modi announced on Wednesday. While 50,000 would be given to the injured.

Maharashtra is led by strong CM that's why PM not conducting aerial survey: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conducting an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Gujarat and Diu on Wednesday.

The NCP leader said, "PM was not conducting an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Maharashtra because he knew that the state is led by a strong chief minister unlike in his home state Gujarat".

PM Modi holds review meeting in Gujarat's Ahmedabad; evaluates damage caused by cyclone in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a review meeting in Ahmedabad, to assess the situation and damage caused by the cyclone Tauktae. CM Vijay Rupani was also present among other officials.

PM Modi also conducted an aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas of Gujarat and Diu, earlier today.


Indian Navy recovers 22 bodies from barge

Indian Navy ships recovered 22 bodies of people who were aboard a barge that sank off Mumbai due to cyclone Tauktae.

The search is continuing for 55 more missing people, Navy spokesman Mehul Karnik said.

PM Modi speaks to officials, takes stock of rescue operation

PM Narendra Modi spoke to senior officials and took stock of the operations being undertaken to rescue personnel on the ONGC barge.

At least 22 personnel on board the accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are dead and 55 are still missing.

The Navy said its personnel, battling extreme weather, have so far rescued 186 of the 273 people who were on board the barge and also two from tugboat Varaprada.

Cyclone Tauktae: 22 from P305 dead; all others from 2 barges, rig safe

22 confirmed dead out of 75 missing from the P305 barge, sunk by severe cyclonic storm; bodies fished out, news agency PTI said.

PM Modi conducts aerial survey of the cyclone Tauktae-affected areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is conducting an aerial survey of areas such as Una, Diu, Jafarabad, and Mahuva on Wednesday. He will also hold a review meeting in Ahmedabad later.

PM Modi reviews damages caused by Cyclone Tauktae
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PM Modi reviews damages caused by Cyclone Tauktae (ANI)

Cyclone Tauktae: Death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat

The Gujarat government on Wednesday informed that 45 people have been killed due to cyclone Tauktae across 12 districts.

15 deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, eight people each were killed in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath coastal districts, five were killed in Ahmedabad, two in Kheda, and one each in Anand, Vadodara, Surat, Valsad, Rajkot, Navsari and Panchmahal districts.

While 24 deaths were due to wall collapses during the cyclone, six died after trees fell on them, five each because of house collapse and electrocution, four due to roof collapse and one died due to a tower collapse, the state government added.

Why PM Modi not surveying cyclone-hit areas in Maharashtra? NCP asks

The NCP on Wednesday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not visiting areas of Maharashtra hit by cyclonic storm Tauktae.

Is this not "clear cut discrimination"? Maharashtra minister and NCP's national spokesperson Nawab Malik said.

In a Twitter post, Malik wrote, "Today PM Modi ji is taking an ariel survey of #CycloneTauktae affected areas of Daman, Diu and Gujarat. Why not the same of the areas affected in #Maharashtra? Is this not clear cut discrimination?"


Gujarat: PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess the devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae.

The Prime Minister boarded a helicopter for the aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas in Gir-Somnath, Bhavnagar and Amreli district of Gujarat along with Diu.

Cyclone 'Yaas' may hit Odisha, West Bengal between May 23-25

Even as cyclone Taukate has begun to weaken into a deep depression after leaving a trail of destruction in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and other states, the weather department has hinted of another system being form over the Bay of Bengal.

Sunitha Devi, in charge - cyclones said that there is a possibility of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal next week. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned. If a cyclone forms, it will be called ‘Yaas’, a report by Hindustan Times noted.

It added that a low-pressure area likely to form over the east-central Bay of Bengal around May 23.

PM Modi reaches Gujarat to review situation after cyclone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reached Bhavnagar in Gujarat to review the situation in the state in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae.

PM Modi landed at Bhavnagar from Delhi and proceeded for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, an official said.


After the survey, the PM is scheduled to hold a review meeting at Ahmedabad.

89 from P305 missing; all others from 2 barges, rig safe: Navy

Altogether 89 personnel on board accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are still missing.

The Navy said its personnel, battling extreme weather, have so far rescued 184 of the 273 people who were onboard barge P305.

INS Kochi brings 125 rescuees from barge P305 to Mumbai

The warship INS Kochi arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday with 125 workmen rescued from barge P305, an accommodation barge that sank amid the Cyclone Tauktae fury.

Of the 273 people on the ill-fated barge, 184 have been rescued so far by the Indian Navy.

INS Kochi had set sail from the city on Monday morning to rescue the workmen from P305 in the Heera oil drilling platform, around 70 km off the Mumbai coast. Other naval ships and helicopters are continuing with the search for survivors.

Indian Navy rescues crew from barge P305; survivors recall horror at sea

Crew rescued by Indian Navy from Barge P305 off the coast of Mumbai, walks out of INS Kochi after arriving in Mumbai.

"The Barge was sinking, so I had to jump into the sea. I was in the sea for 11 hours. After that, Navy rescued us," crew member, Amit Kumar Kushwaha said.



Cyclone Tauktae: 184 rescued, search operation continues

Captain Sachin Sequeira, Commanding Officer, INS Kochi said that184 people have totally recovered, and Naval ships and aircraft are continuing search operation.

"We're still looking out for people in the area. We should be optimistic. Right now the conditions have improved. Hopefully the worst is behind us," Captain Sequeira added.


Cyclone Tauktae: Light to moderate rainfall 'very likely' over Rajasthan today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has projected that Rajasthan will receive 'light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places' on 19 May.

Additionally, squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail over East Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat region during next 12 hours.

INS Kochi enters Mumbai harbour along with rescued personnel from Barge P305

INS Kochi entering Mumbai harbour on Wednesday morning along with rescued personnel from Barge P305.

INS Teg, INS Betwa, INS Beas P8I aircraft and Seaking Helos have continued with search and rescue operation.


89 personnel missing from barge P305: Navy

The Navy on Wednesday said it has so far rescued 184 of the 273 people onboard barge P305, adding all personnel on board two other barges and an oil rig are safe.

"As of Wednesday morning, 184 personnel of barge P305 have been rescued and INS Kochi and INS Kolkata are returning to Mumbai harbour with the rescuees. INS Teg, INS Betwa, INS Beas, P8I aircraft and Seaking helicopters are continuing with the search and rescue operations," a Navy spokesperson said.

Cyclone Tauktae: Navy rescues 184 personnel from P305 barge

In search and rescue operations at Barge 'P305' 184 personnel rescued so far, the Navy said on Wednesday. "INS Kochi and INS Kolkata are returning to Mumbai harbour with rescuees. INS Teg, INS Betwa, INS Beas, P8I aircraft and Seaking Helos continuing the rescue operation," the Indian Navy said.

Covid vaccination drive to resume on 20 May in Gujarat

Gujarat has temporarily suspended Covid vaccination drive for all categories from May 17 to 18 owing to cyclone Taukate.

However, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the vaccination process will restart from Thursday, May 20.

Tauktae impact: 13 dead, 16,000 houses damaged in Gujarat

As many as 13 people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae pummelled parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles, trees and damaging thousands of houses and roads.

Over 16,000 houses were damaged, more than 40,000 trees and over 70,000 electric poles uprooted, while 5,951 villages faced total power blackout due to the cyclonic storm in Gujarat.

Indian Navy rescue 317 people on board two barges; 93 people onboard P305 missing

The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have so far rescued 317 people on board two barges that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast.

However, a Navy official said, 390 more remain stranded or missing from offshore facilities.

The accommodation barge P305 which was servicing ONGC offshore operations has sunk, the official said, adding 180 of the 273 personnel on board were rescued till Tuesday.

Three barges and an oil rig with 707 personnel on board went adrift on Monday.

These included barge P305 with 273 persons, cargo barge GAL Constructor with 137 personnel on board, accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel on board and the Sagar Bhushan oil rig with 101 personnel on board.

While all the 137 people on board the cargo barge GAL Constructor were rescued, 180 of the 273 onboard P305 have been rescued so far.


Weather department predicts rainfall in several north India's cities today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with a speed of 30-40 Km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of the entire Delhi and parts of western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

The rainfall would occur in-Delhi and NCR (Badurgarh, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Noida) Panipat, Karnal, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Sambhal, Amroha, Siyana, Chandausi, Bahajoi, Sahaswan, Narora, Debai, Anupshahar, Jahangirabad, Bulandshahar, Gulaoti, Shikohabad, Firozabad, Tundla, Etah, Kasganj, Jalesar, Sikandra Rao, Hathras, Iglas, Aligarh, Khair, Atrauli, Jattari, Khurja, Jajau, Agra, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Mathura, Raya, Barsana, Nandgaon (U.P.) Viratnagar, Kotputli, Khairthal, Bhiwari, Mahandipur Balaji, Mahawa, Nadbai, Nagaur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Deeg (Rajasthan) during next 2 hours.


Cyclone Tauktae impacts weather in north India

Cyclone Tauktae has impacted the weather conditions in several parts of Northern India. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Deep Depression (Remnant of Tauktae) weakened into depression over South Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat region at 5:30 am on Wednesday.

The cyclone will gradually into a Well marked low pressure area during next 12 hours, the IMD added.


Delhi, adjoining areas receive rain as Cyclone Tauktae weakens

Delhi and its adjoining areas received light spells of rain on Wednesday under the impact of cyclone Tauktae which has now moved north-northeastwards across Rajasthan to west Uttar Pradesh.

The rain brought down the temperature in the national capital to 23 degrees Celsius.

PM Modi to visit Gujarat today

PM Modi will be visiting Gujarat in just a few hours today to take stock of the situation as cyclone Tauktae's intensity weakens in the state.

33 dead, dozens missing as cyclone Tauktae batters Gujarat, Maharashtra, and other states

At least 33 people died and more than 90 were missing on Tuesday after cyclone Tauktae slammed India.

Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power. While more than 16,500 houses were damaged and 40,000 trees were uprooted.

Indian Navy continues search and rescue operations

The Indian Navy mounted a massive air and sea rescue mission on Tuesday for 79 oil workers and crew whose barge sank in heavy seas following cyclone Tauktae.

Navy spokesman Vivek Madhwal said five ships were scouring the site of the sinking of the barge "P305" in the Bombay High oilfield.

Workers rescued from Barge P305, which had gone adrift amidst heavy rain and strong winds due to Cyclone Tauktae,
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Workers rescued from Barge P305, which had gone adrift amidst heavy rain and strong winds due to Cyclone Tauktae, (AFP)
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