Cyclone Tauktae begins to hit the coast of Gujarat



Six killed as the storm moved parallel to Maharashtra.

Cyclone Tauktae began the landing process on the Gujarat coast around 8:30 p.m. Monday evening as the state braced for the impact of high winds of up to 210 km / h. Earlier today, six people were killed as the “extremely severe cyclonic storm” rolled parallel to the Maharashtra coast and moved towards Gujarat.

“The landing process is continuing, it will take another three hours to complete its landing process,” the meteorological department said of Tauktae in a 9:16 pm tweet on his official grip.

At least 1.5 lakh have been moved to safer areas in Gujarat, with Tauktae expected to hit the coast between Porbandar and Mahua in Bhavnagar district, east of Diu, as military and military personnel NDRF was deployed in the state. “The goal is to save lives, the rapid clearance of routes to ensure the movement of oxygen and back-up provisions in COVID hospitals,” a military tweet said.

It is expected to reduce to a “very severe cyclonic storm” – still rustling at wind speeds of up to 170 km / h – and will become a “severe cyclonic storm” early on Tuesday. Wind speeds are expected to remain around 100 km / h during Tauktae’s voyage for most of Tuesday. It is expected to sink into a “depression” near Jodhpur by Wednesday.

Storms are common in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in May, ahead of the onset of the monsoon – expected on May 31 this year – although climatologists have said there is an increase in the number of such storms. storms in the Arabian Sea in recent years. . Tauktae is the fourth cyclone in as many years over the Arabian Sea in the months leading up to the monsoon.

Death, damage in Maharashtra

Six people died and nine were injured on Monday when Cyclone Tauktae, which passed parallel to the Maharashtra coast, left traces of damaged homes and uprooted trees.

In Mumbai, heavy rains coincided with high tide and high winds which resulted in the uprooting of hundreds of trees and waterlogging in low areas of the city.

At 12:15 p.m., the automated weather center of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation recorded a wind speed of 111 km / h in Colaba, south Mumbai. At 2 p.m. it was recorded at 114 km / h. This is the highest wind speed ever recorded in Mumbai.

The administration has sheltered more than 12,400 citizens in the coastal districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad. Two fishing boats capsized at Devgad, Sindhudurg, leaving a sailor dead. Another sailor was rescued, while three others are missing.

While three deaths have been reported in Raigad, two people have died in Thane district. Four of the nine injured were from Mumbai, two from Ratnagiri and Raigad and one from Thane. A total of 2,542 houses were partially destroyed.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) suspended all flight operations from 11 a.m. on Monday. Seven flights were diverted during the day. He resumed his activities from 10 p.m.

Naval operation

In a daring operation involving the Indian Coast Guard, Indian Navy and Dakshina Kannada District Administration, all nine crew members stranded aboard the tugboat Coromondel Supporter IX, which ran aground on a rock formation in open sea off the coast of Karnataka near Mangaluru, were rescued Monday morning.

While the speedboats of the Indian Coast Guard vessel ICGS Varaha rescued five, the Indian Navy’s IN 702 forward light helicopter that joined the rescue operations of Southern Naval Command, Kochi, carried some. four per plane. All the crew were safe.

Karnataka Revenue Minister R. Ashoka, who visited the New Mangalore Port Trust to take stock of the situation after the impact of Cyclone Tauktae on Monday, ordered a statutory investigation by Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada to examine the reasons for the accident of Coromondel as well as of the tug. Alliance which capsized Saturday off the coast of Karnataka, leaving two dead and three missing.

Since Tug Alliance was contracted out to Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., for its single point mooring operations, Mr Ashoka said the company agreed to pay compensation of 10 lakh to the families of the deceased. Steps would be taken to remove the diesel from the two tugs, he added.


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