At least six people died, and nine injured in the damage due to cyclone Tauktae in Maharashtra
The IMD said Tauktae is likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, between 8 pm -11 pm
Cyclone Tauktae At least six person have died in Maharashtra's Konkan region in separate incidents related due to heavy rain and gusty winds caused by Cyclone Tauktae. Of the six, three persons died in Raigad district, a sailor in Sindhudurg district while two persons were killed in Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar after trees fell on them, in Thane district.
Mumbai also witnessed heavy rain, forcing the authorities to suspend airport and rail services, and shut Bandra-Worli sea link.
In its latest update, the IMD said that Tauktae with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour is barreling towards the Gujarat coast. It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of Monday and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) during the night (8–11 pm) as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with a maximum sustained wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
Cyclone Tauktae - UPDATES
Mumbai airport resumes flight operations at 10 pm
Flight operations at Mumbai airport resumed on Monday night after being suspended for 11 hours due to the cyclone Tauktae.
"Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has resumed operations with effect from 2200 hours on 17th May," MIAL said.
Landfall process of cyclone Tauktae continues; Heavy rainfall over districts of south Gujarat
The weather department said that the landfall process of the cyclonic storm Tauktae have continued in the Gujarat coast. Heavy to very heavy rainfall will continue over the coastal districts of Saurashtra, south Gujarat and Diu.
According to the meteorological centre, Bhubaneswar, wind speed reported at 8:30 pm (IST) on Monday was:
Diu- 11 kmph
Bhavnagar- 50 kmph
Porbandar- 33 kmph
#LANDFALL PROCESS OF #ESCS#TauktaeCyclone IN CONTINUATION... Heavy to very heavy RAINFALL will continue OVER COASTAL districts of Saurashtra, south GUJARAT & DIU.
Cyclone Tauktae to cross Saurashtra coast to east of Diu within 3 hours: IMD
The IMD, in a tweet, said the landfall process of the cylonic storm will continue within three hours. The cyclone centre is 35 km East-southeast of Diu. "It will cross Saurastra coast to east of Diu within 3 hours," IMD added.
Cyclone Tauktae Latest 2030IST INSAT 3D image shows the forward sector of EYE entering the coast. Landfall process continues & will be completed in next 3 hours. Cyclone centre is 35km East-southeast of Diu. It will cross Saurastra coast to east of Diu within 3 hours. pic.twitter.com/gSEpYSC7JQ
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 17, 2021
Cyclone Tauktae:Over 55 flights cancelled at Mumbai airport
More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Monday.
These cancellations apart, some seven incoming flights were also diverted to various airports. The CSMIA for the fourth time in the day extended the closure of operations till 10 pm after first announcing that the airport will remain closed for three hours, starting 11 am.
Gujarat CM reviews situation of state
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani reached the State Control Room in Gandhinagar to get the latest situation of the cyclone Tauktae. CM Rupani reviewed the situation of the state including the coastal districts by video conference with the collectors.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani reached the State Control Room in Gandhinagar to get the latest situation of #CycloneTauktae and review the situation of the state including the coastal districts, by video conference with the collectors. pic.twitter.com/3vSXgdlKsY
Cyclone Tauktae: Landfall process starts at Gujarat coast; continue for next 2 hours
A very severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour began making landfall on the Gujarat coast Monday night, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The landfall process of the cyclone Tauktae will continue during the next two hours.
The authorities on Monday moved over 200,000 people in Gujarat from their homes to safety and shut ports and major airports as the cyclone Tauktae roared up the west coast.
Cyclone Tauktae killed at least 16 people and left a trail of destruction as it brushed past the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra. It is set to make landfall in Gujarat.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray assesses damage caused by Tauktae
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray assessed the damage caused by cyclonic storm Tauktae in Mumbai and other districts in Konkan region on Monday.
He asked the officials to remain alert in view of the rainfall and gusty winds in the coastal region.
Cyclone Tauktae: 11 Indian Navy diving teams, 12 flood rescue teams on standby
As many as 11 Indian Navy Diving Teams have been kept on standby and 12 flood rescue teams and medical teams have been earmarked for immediate response in view of the cyclonic storm Tauktae.
Three ships (Talwar, Tarkash and Tabar) are on standby with aid and relief material for immediate assistance to affected areas, if required, the Indian Navy said.
"Balance ships on the Western seaboard are also on standby for assistance to fishing boats/small boats stranded due to rough weather," it added.
Cyclone Tauktae impact: 55 flights cancelled at Mumbai airport
More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Monday after the private airport operator was forced to suspend all air services at 11 am due to cyclone 'Tauktae'. These cancellations apart, some seven incoming flights were also diverted to various airports.
The CSMIA for the fourth time in the day extended the closure of operations till 10 pm after first announcing that the airport will remain closed for three hours, starting 11 am.
Cyclone Tauktae in Maharashtra: Six people, 4 animals dead; 9 injured
At least six people died, and nine injured in the damage due to cyclone Tauktae in Maharashtra, the state's chief minister informed the media on Monday. He added that four animals died, too.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray assessed the damage and instructed that the relief works be quickened.
Mumbai airport to remain shut till 10 pm due to cyclone alert
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), which had earlier decided to keep all operations shut till 8 pm on Monday in view of the cyclone alert, has now extended the closure period to 10 pm.
#UPDATE | Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 2200 hours today: MIAL
Tauktae likely to cross Gujarat coast with maximum sustained speed of 155-165 kmph
The IMD has predicted that cyclone Tauktae is likely to move north-northwestwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, east of Diu during the night (between 8 pm-11 pm) on Monday, 17 May with a maximum sustained speed of 155-165 KMPH, gusting to 185 KMPH.
Rajnath asks three services to provide all assistance to civil administrations
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday directed the three services to provide all possible assistance to the civil administrations in the coastal states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in tackling the situation arising out of cyclone Tauktae.
Singh issued the instruction after reviewing the preparedness of the armed forces to deal with the fallout of the cyclone.
"The defence minister directed the three services to provide all possible assistance to the civil administration to deal with the emerging situation," the defence ministry said.
Indian Air Force prepares for cyclone Tauktae
The Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed 2 C-130J and 1 An-32 aircraft for transportation of 167 personnel and 16.5 tonnes of load of NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad.
Another C-130J and 2 An-32 aircraft carried 121 NDRF personnel and 11.6 tonnes of load from Vijayawada to Ahmedabad for the same purpose.
Also, 2 C-130J aircraft transported 110 personnel and 15 tonnes of cargo for NDRF from Pune to Ahmedabad.
Cyclone #Tauktae IAF deployed 5xC-130 and 3xAn-32 aircraft for transportation of NDRF personnel and #HADR eqpt from Pune, Kolkata & Vijaywada to Ahmedabad yesterday.
Why stronger cyclones are developing in Arabian Sea?
According to scientists, historically, the Arabian Sea averaged two or three cyclones, that were typically weak, in a year. But rising water temperatures because of global warming is changing that, they said.
This is the first time since the start of satellite records in 1980 in India that there have been four consecutive years of pre-monsoon cyclones in the Arabian Sea.
"One of the reasons that we are seeing more cyclones in regions like Arabian Sea is because of ocean warming, rapid ocean warming," climate scientist Roxy Mathew Koll of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said.
"The Arabian Sea is one of the fastest warming basins across the global oceans," he added.
Indian Army puts 180 teams and 9 engineer task forces on standby
The Indian Army said on Monday it has put 180 teams and nine engineer task forces on standby to face any contingency as the cyclone Tauktae is likely to hit the Gujarat coast.
The Army said it has identified likely areas -- talukas as well as districts -- where the impact could be higher and it has geared up its columns to react immediately.
The Army said that the cyclone's maximum impact is likely to be in Saurashtra region, including Diu. It added that 10 teams have already been positioned in the Junagadh area.
Cyclonic storm Tauktae: Aaditya Thackeray reviews situation in Mumbai
Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday paid a visit to the BMC's disaster management cell to review the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm Tauktae.
"We are doing everything we can to keep you safe. For your safety, stay home. For any emergencies, call 1916," Thackeray wrote on Twitter.
On Monday, gusty winds and heavy showers lashed Mumbai due to the impact of the "very severe cyclonic storm" Tauktae.
Visited the Disaster Management room of the @mybmc to take an update on the current situation of the cyclone Tauktae. We are doing everything we can to keep you safe.
For your safety, stay home. For any emergencies, call 1916
Strong winds and heavy rains uprooted trees and disrupted suburban train services in the metropolis.
Thackeray said that the BMC has started clearing fallen trees and added the Shiv Sena- ruled civic body is working to restore normalcy at the earliest.
Navy deploys 3 ships to rescue 400 people onboard 2 barges adrift off Mumbai
The Indian Navydeployed three of warships after receiving messages to rescue over 400 people onboard two barges off the Mumbai coast on Monday.
The Navy deployed INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Talwar to extend assistance to the two barges.
"On receipt of a request for assistance for a barge 'P305' adrift off Heera oil fields in Bombay high area with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly sailed with a despatch for search and rescue assistance," Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
Indian Railways puts emergency response teams, vehicles on high alert
The Indian railways on Monday said its emergency response teams and vehicles are on high alert in view of cyclone Tauktae.
"All emergency response of railways like Accident Relief Trains (ART), Medical Relief Vans (MRV) and Tower Wagons are put on high alert and readiness for quick turnout in case of any contingency. Reserves of stone dust, boulders, among others, are kept ready for attending to any breaches," the railways said.
The Ministry of Railways said the the zonal and divisional control rooms are monitoring the situation and are constantly in touch with all railway stations in Southern Railway, South Western Railway, Konkan Railway, Central Railway and Western Railway.
The national transporter has also temporarily cancelled or pre-terminated certain long distance and short distance passenger trains keeping in view the evolving weather conditions.
Crew of stranded tug boat rescued: Karnataka CM
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday informed the media that all the nine crew members of the tug boat, that got stuck among rocks off the Mulky coast in Mangaluru, were rescued in a joint operation by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
"Late in the night and early morning, they tried their level best. All 9 people have been lifted. They are safe and healthy. I congratulate everyone who cooperated with us," Karnataka CM said.
Nearly 1,000 people from Ahmedabad's village evacuated
A total of 962 people from Dholera village in Ahmedabad have been evacuated to about 38 shelters as Gujarat braces for the impact of the incoming cyclone Tauktae.
IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra had informed that cyclone Tauktae is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district around the early morning of May 18.
He further said that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur in coastal areas of Gujarat on May 18.
Mumbai airport to remain shut till 8 pm due to cyclone alert
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA), which had earlier decided to keep all operations shut till 6 pm on Monday in view of the cyclone alert, has now extended the closure period to 8 pm.
Tauktae to hit Gujarat coast around 8 pm; 1.5 lakh people moved
The tropical cyclone Tauktae set to cross the Gujarat coast and make a landfall as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm" in the next few hours. Meanwhile, the state government has shifted over 1.5 lakh people to safer places.
Moreover, the Centre has offered all assistance to Gujarat to deal with the cyclone and asked the Army, Navy and the Air Force to remain on standby to assist the administration if need arises.
IMD issues orange alert for 13 Madhya Pradesh's districts
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an orange or "be prepared" alert for heavy rains in 13 districts in Madhya Pradesh.
Narsinghpur, Alirajpurand, and Mandsaur are among the 13 districts where IMD has issued orange alert.
Additionally, the weather forecasting department has also issued a yellow alert for Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Jabalpur division.
IMD said, districts with yellow alert, might witness thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds (40-50 km/hours) in isolated places till Tuesday morning.
Indian Coast Guard rescues 15 crew from boat in Goa
Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth on Monday responded to a distress call and rescued 15 crew from a fishing boat named Milad, off Goa coast. All crew are safe and boat is being towed ashore.
Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth responding to a distress call rescued 15 crew from a fishing boat named Milad, off Goa coast today. All crew are safe and boat is being towed ashore: Indian Coast Guard pic.twitter.com/tQTo9erON0
Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik on Monday said farmers in the state's Konkan region had suffered losses due to rains brought about by cyclone Tauktae.
"Farmers in some parts of Konkan have suffered losses due to the situation. Spot inspections of the same have begun," Malik said.
Rajnath Singh reviews Armed Forces efforts to tackle Cyclone Tauktae
Rajnath Singh held a meeting to review the preparedness and assistance being provided by the Armed Forces to civil authorities to tackle the situation arising out of Cyclone Tauktae, through video conferencing on May 17, 2021. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane and Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) were among those who attended the meeting.
Gujarat braces for most severe cyclone in over 20 years
According to the Gujarat's revenue secretary Pankaj Kumar, Cyclone Tauktae will be the most severe cyclone to hit the state in at least 20 years. Kumar said, " This can be compared with the 1998 cyclone that hit Kandla and inflicted heavy damage".
The 1998 cyclone killed at least 4,000 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
Total damages in Karnataka due to cyclone Tauktae
The cyclone has damaged a total of 333 houses, 644 poles, 147 transformers, 3,004.3 meters of lines, 57 km of road, 57 nets and 104 boats, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials said on Monday.
Cyclone Tauktae's impact: 6 dead, 121 villages affected in Karnataka
According to a Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, six people have lost their lives, so far in the Malnad districts of the state on Monday. While, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone, so far.
A total of 547 people have been evacuated till now, it said, 290 people are currently taking shelter in the 13 relief camps that have been opened.
Mumbai airport to remain shut till 6 pm due to cyclone alert
Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended up to 1800 hours today
In Mumbai, all operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will now remain shut till 6 pm in the wake of cyclone Tauktae, the private airport operator said on Monday.
CSMAI had earlier decided to suspend flight services till 4 pm.
Indian Railways carries over 150 MT of oxygen relief in Gujarat amid cyclone Tauktae
Ahead of cyclone Tauktae, the Indian railways said that it carried more than 150 tonnes of oxygen which is more than the average of 134 tonnes being logged since 20 days.
Water-logging, tree-fall affect Central Railway's services
Suburban train services between CSMT and Wadala on Central Railway's Harbour line were suspended on Monday from 1:20pm due to water-logging on the tracks near Masjid station.
A tree-fall was also reported on the overhead wire at Dombivali on the CSMT-Kalyan section in the afternoon though no train was passing through at the time.
Bombay High barge de-anchors; All 261 onboard safe: ONGC
State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on Monday said a barge with 261 of its personnel deployed for offshore drilling in Bombay High in the Arabian Sea got de-anchored and started drifting because of the storm.
However, all the 261 people on board barge P305 are safe.
Bombay High off the Mumbai cost is the largest oil and gas assets of ONGC. ONGC carries on offshore drilling from platforms in the Arabian Sea. As per a recent media report, the company produces 50,000 barrels of crude per day from the Heera platform.
Cyclone Tauktae in Maharashtra: 2 dead in Konkan region
The Maharashtra government said that two persons died in Konkan region in separate incidents because of the severe cyclonic storm Tauktae on Monday.
Two boats anchored at the Anandwadi harbour in Sindhudurg district drowned, an official statement said, adding that seven sailors were on board the two vessels.
A sailor, identified as Rajaram Kadam, from Devgad taluka in the district died in the incident, while three others were missing.
The three other sailors were safe, the statement said. Besides, one person died in a rain-related incident in Raigad district.
Cyclone Tauktae's impact: 839 homes damaged in Maharashtra's Raigad; one dead
In Raigad district of Maharashtra, 839 houses got damaged due to cyclone Tauktae. A 50-year-old woman, identified as Neeta Naik, died in Uran in a wall collapse while selling vegetables by the roadside.
The district received 23.42 millimetres of rainfall till 9 am on Monday in the wake of the cyclone.
Raigad district collector's office said 8,383 people belonging to 2,263 families staying in homes along the seafront had been evacuated as a precautionary measure.
PM Modi speaks to Uddhav Thackeray on cyclone Tauktae
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on the cyclone Tauktae-related situation.
Cyclone Tauktae: Post landfall outlook for interior districts of Gujarat
As per the details by the IMD, after the landfall the cyclonic storm is expected to re-curve north-north-eastwards, across Gujarat and weaken gradually. However, Tauktae is likely to maintain the intensity of 'severe cyclonic storm' in the state till 18 May (evening) and thereafter it will weaken gradually into a 'Depression' over south Rajasthan.
Consequently, light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places in Gujarat on 17 and 18 May. In some place, heavy rainfall might also happen for the next two days in the state.
And, in Rajasthan, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected on 18 May.
Strong winds at 114 kmph strike Mumbai
Cyclonic storm Tauktae over the Arabian Sea led to very strong winds blowing at a speed of 114 kmph in Mumbai on Monday afternoon. This was the highest wind speed recorded so far during the day, the BMC noted.
Earlier, around 12.15 pm, a wind speed of 111 kmph was recorded in the city on Monday.
The BMC has set up 60 automatic weather stations across Mumbai for day-to-day monitoring of the climatic conditions in the metropolis.
12,420 citizens were relocated to safer places in Maharashtra
As many as 12,420 citizens were relocated to safer places from the coastal areas in Maharashtra. According to the state's chief ministers office, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts are on orange alert while Raigad district is on red alert.
Cyclone Tauktae: Waterlogging at various places in Mumbai
Damage expected by IMD in coastal parts of Gujarat
The IMD says heavy damage is expected over Diu, Amreli Junagarh, Gir Somnath Botad and Bhavnagar and coastal areas of Ahmedabad. The cyclone can cause total destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha houses. Some damage also expected to pucca houses. Potential threat from flying objects.
"Bending/ uprooting of power and communication poles. Major damage to Kutcha and Pucca roads. Flooding of escape routes. Minor disruption of railways, overhead power lines and signaling systems. Widespread damage to salt pans & standing crops,. Blowing down of bushy trees. Small boats, country crafts may get detached from moorings," the department says.
Cylone Tauktae to cross Gujarat's Porbandar and Mahua tonight
The Indian Meteorological Department said that 'very severe cyclonic storm' Tauktae is likely to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, between 8 pm -11 pm (IST).
At 1130 hours IST, Tauktae lay about 145 km west of Mumbai and 180 km south-southeast of Diu. To cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, east of Diu tonight (2000-2300 hrs IST). pic.twitter.com/sKsmwcNMor
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 17, 2021
Extremely heavy rainfall in Mumbai for next few hours: BMC
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has upgraded the warning to 'Extremely heavy rainfall' in Mumbai for the next few hours. Gusty wind will continue and escalate up to 120kmph, the municipal corporation added.
IMD forecasts track and intensity of Tauktae
Cyclone Tauktae: Damage Expected over Diu, Amreli Junagarh, and other areas
The IMD has speculated that the cyclone Tauktae might cause destruction of thatched houses/ extensive damage to kutcha house, as well as, it might uproot power and telephone towers in these areas:
Rajkot & Morbi
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Gir Somnath Botad and Bhavnagar
Coastal areas of Ahmedabad
Cyclone Tauktae to reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours
According to the IMD, cyclonic storm Tauktae is very likely to move north-north-westwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of Sunday. The storm will cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) during the night (between 8 pm- 11 pm) on May 17.
High speed winds, heavy rainfall lash Mumbai; local train services hit
High speed winds and heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas as cyclonic storm Tauktae headed towards Gujarat on Monday.
Local trains services of the Central Railway were disrupted between suburban Ghatkopar and Vikhroli for about half-an-hour as a tree fell on an overhead wire while a train was heading towards Thane.
Services on the harbour line, that provides rail connectivity to Navi Mumbai, were also affected after a vinyl banner fell on an overhead wire between Chunabhatti and Guru Tej Bahadur stations around 11.45 am.
Cyclone Tauktae: Airport operations suspended till 4 pm
Cyclone Tauktae: Mumbai Airport operations closure has been extended till 4PM.
Cyclone Tauktae: One killed, two injured in Raigad
Maharashtra: Raigad District Collector has informed that one person has been killed and two injured due to Cyclone Taukate. So far, 8,383 people have been shifted to a safer place.
Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have rescued nine people from Tug Coromandal Surrender IX which ran aground at Mulkhi Rock in Karnataka Coast. Five people were rescued by ICG Ship Varaha and 4 were winched by IN702 of Indian Navy ex-Kochi.
Cyclone Tauktae: Goa CM Pramod Sawant speaks to Amit Shah
Cyclone Tauktae: Goa CM Pramod Sawant says that he spoke to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the impact and devastation caused by the Tauktae cyclone in the state of Goa. "The Home Minister inquired about the widespread damage caused by the cyclone in the state and assured full support of all Central agencies to the State for returning to normalcy. We will provide all necessary assistance to Goans impacted by the cyclone," he said.
Gujarat Cabinet Minister takes stock of preparations
Cyclone Tauktae: Gujarat Cabinet Minister Kunvarjibhai Bavaliya is visiting Amreli to take stock of the preparedness for Cyclone Tauktae. Gujarat is likely to face extremely severe cyclone.
Heavy rainfall likely in coastal parts of Gujarat
Heavy to very heavy rains are likely at coastal parts of Gujarat. The IMD said that heavy falls are likely in the districts of Saurashtra namely Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar ,Junagadh and in Diu; in the districts of Gujarat region namely Valsad, Navsari & in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli.
Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rain, winds hit Mumbai’s Covid care centre
Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rain and winds partially hit Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex Covid care centre.
Cyclone Tauktae: IAF preparation for storm continues
The Indian Air Force on Sunday had deployed 2 C-130J and 1 An-32 aircraft for transportation of 167 personnel and 16.5 tonnes of load of NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad. Another C-130J and 2 An-32 aircraft carried 121 NDRF personnel and 11.6 tonnes of load from Vijayawada to Ahmedabad for the same purpose. Also, 2 C-130J aircraft transported 110 personnel and 15 tonnes of cargo for NDRF from Pune to Ahmedabad.
Cyclone Taukate: Nearly 600 cases of structural damages in Maharashtra
Cyclone Taukate: 536 instances of structural damages (house collapse, roof collapse, pole uprooting) reported in Sindhudurg, 61 in Ratnagiri and 2 each in Raigad and Thane districts till last night due to cyclone Taukate.
Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rainfall likely in Raigad, Palghar, Mumbai, Thane
Cyclone Tauktae: As per IMD, moderate to intense spells of rain with gusty winds reaching 90-100 kmph is likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Raigad, Palghar, Mumbai, Thane and Ratnagiri during the next 3 hours.
Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rain in Mumbai
Mumbai | Heavy rain & gusty winds were seen in view of Cyclone Tauktae
Cyclone Tauktae: BMC has informed that the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai will be closed to commute till further update. It has advised commuters to take alternate routes.
Mumbai Airport operations suspended from 11 AM to 2 PM
Due to cyclone Tauktae, Mumbai Airport operations have been suspended for three hours from 11 am to 2 pm. "Due to cyclone alert, Mumbai Airport operations need to be closed from 1100 hours to 1400 hours of May 17," the MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) said.
Cyclone Tauktae to reach Gujarat by evening
The cyclonic storm is likely to reach Gujarat coast in evening hours and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva during night as the storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.
Latest update from IMD
IMD: The extrememly severe cyclonic storm lay centered at the Eastcentral Arabian Sea near latitude 18.5 degrees North and longitude 71.5 degrees East about 160 kms West-Southwest of Mumbai, 350 kms South-Southeast of Veraval, 310 kms South-Southeast of Diu and 840 kms South-Southeast of Karachi.
Fishing boats out at sea safely returned to harbour: Coast Guard
The Indian Coast Guard has informed that 4526 fishing boats of Maharashtra and 2258 boats of Gujarat which were out at sea have safely returned to the harbour, reported ANI.
Cyclone Tauktae: Fishing boats float on seashore in Navsari, Gujarat
Gujarat: Fishing boats in Navsari float on the seashore in the wake of #CycloneTauktae
Karnataka: 9 tugboat crew members stranded at sea near Udupi
Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority yesterday informed that nine crew members of tugboat 'Coromandel Supporter' remained stranded at sea near Udupi district due to strong winds caused by Cyclone Tauktae. According to PTI, rescue operation using chopper halted after adverse climate condition. The District administration held meetings with the Indian Navy DG, coast guard, and Coastal Police for rescue operation of stranded.
Latest update from IMD
As per the latest Satellite observation at 5:30 am today, the vortex Tauktae has further intensified and now lay centered at 18.5N/71.6E with a ragged eye. Convective bands are tightly wrapped: IMD
17.15hrs Live images #CycloneTauktae frm IMD doppler radar,Goa & is indicating how its slowly moving away frm coast NNW as it moves upward. Cyclone eye, spiral bands r clearly visible. As it comes upward, after sometime, Mumbai doppler radar will take over & finally Bhuj Radar. pic.twitter.com/lKJxAMEwrj
NDRF Director General S N Pradhan has informed that 50 teams has been deployed in Gujarat. Speaking to ANI on Sunday, Pradhan said that by the evening or late night, 50 teams will reach Gujarat. "We are constantly working on evacuation and awareness generation. Gujarat is most likely to experience the maximum impact," he added.
100 NDRF teams deployed in 5-6 states
NDRF DG SN Pradhan has informed that more than 100 teams have been deployed in 5-6 states. During a meeting with chief ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra, he said, the home minister said that our aim should be zero casualties and we are focusing on that.
Nearly 150,000 people will be moved from low-lying areas
The Gujarat government has said that nearly 150,000 people will be moved from villages and low-lying areas near the coast and directions have been issued. The storm is expected to reach Gujarat by Monday evening.
People living on coastal areas evacuated
In view of Cyclone Tauktae, people living on coastal areas of Malia in Junagadh were evacuated yesterday. Inspecting arrangements, Collector Sourabh Pardhi said that over 1200 people were evacuated and all precautionary measures were being taken with food and shelter arrangements.
Gujarat | In view of Cyclone Tauktae, people living on coastal areas of Malia in Junagadh were evacuated y'day. Inspecting arrangements,Collector Sourabh Pardhi said,"Over 1200 people evacuated. All precautionary measures are being taken with food & shelter arrangements in place" pic.twitter.com/pdtN8zCMlj
IMD: As per the latest Satellite observation, the Vortex "Tauktae" lay centered at 18.3N/71.5E, with a ragged eye and at a distance of around 260 KM south-southeast of Diu. Convective bands are tightly wrapped.
#CycloneAlert As per the latest Satellite observation (INSAT-3DR) at 0430 IST, the Vortex "Tauktae" lay centered at 18.3N/71.5E, with a ragged eye & at a distance of around 260 KM south-southeast of Diu. Convective bands are tightly wrapped. pic.twitter.com/xQd4w1kJ9r
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 17, 2021
In Maharashtra, two sisters -- 17 years old and 12 years old -- lost their lives and their mother seriously injured after a tree uprooted and collapsed on their hut due to strong cyclonic winds in Anchalwadi area of Jalgaon, the NDRF said.
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