Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall: 2 lakh evacuated in Gujarat, 6 dead in Maharashtra

An extraordinarily extreme cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’, with winds gusting as much as 185 km per hour, started making landfall on Gujarat’s Saurashtra coast close to Diu on Monday night time, after dumping heavy rains on Mumbai, forcing the evacuation of over 2 lakh individuals in Gujarat and leaving two barges with 410 individuals on board adrift in the Arabian Sea.



“The landfall process of extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae has started as forward sector of eye of the storm is entering the Saurashtra coast to the east of Diu,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had mentioned in Ahmedabad.

The wind velocity on the Union Territory of Diu was 133 kmph when the cyclone began making its landfall at round 9.30 pm, the Met workplace mentioned.

Tauktae, doubtlessly probably the most devastating cyclone to hit Gujarat in nearly 23 years, made landfall in the Union Territory of Diu.

2 lakh evacuated

According to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the coastal districts of Amreli, Junagadh, Gir-Somnath and Bhavnagar will face the utmost brunt of the storm.

“The effect of the cyclone will continue even after the eye of the storm passes. Thus, the effect of the cyclone will remain till 1 am,” Rupani advised reporters in Gandhinagar.

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The Gujarat authorities has shifted over 2 lakh individuals from low-lying areas in coastal cities to safer locations and mobilised catastrophe response groups 44 from the NDRF and 10 from the SDRF – officers mentioned.

Airports closed

Major airports in Gujarat, together with Ahmedabad and Surat, have shut down operations as a precautionary measure.

Barring the Rajkot airport, which is able to stay shut for flights until 11:15 am on May 19, different three main airports – Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara -will stay closed for each home and worldwide flights until Tuesday.

The Ahmedabad Airport, which suspended its operations on Monday night, will resume its operations after 5 am on Tuesday, the airport mentioned.

Centre gives assist

The Centre has provided all assist to Gujarat to take care of the cyclone and requested the Army, Navy and the Air Force to stay on standby to help the administration if want arises, the state authorities mentioned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are in contact with the state authorities and have prolonged all doable assist, mentioned Rupani after holding a gathering with collectors of coastal districts that are more likely to face the utmost brunt of the cyclone.

The PM referred to as up Rupani and enquired in regards to the state authorities’s preparedness to take care of the cyclone, the CM workplace mentioned right here.


Gale-force winds

Earlier in the day, gale-force winds, heavy rainfall and excessive tidal waves swept the coastal belts of Maharashtra and Goa as Tauktae hurtled northwards in the direction of Gujarat.

Winds blew at 114 kmph in Mumbai on Monday afternoon because the cyclonic storm handed near the Mumbai coast, civic officers mentioned.

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The highest wind velocity of 108 km per hour was recorded on the Colaba observatory in the afternoon, mentioned Shubhangi Bhute, senior director, IMD Mumbai.

Six individuals dead

Six individuals had been killed in Maharashtra’s Konkan area in separate incidents associated to the extreme cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ whereas three sailors remained lacking after two boats sank in the ocean, an announcement and officers mentioned on Monday.

Of the six, three individuals died in Raigad district, a sailor in Sindhudurg district whereas two individuals had been killed in Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar after timber fell on them, in Thane district, officers mentioned.

Two boats capsize

Two boats anchored on the Anandwadi harbour in Sindhudurg district capsized, an official assertion mentioned, including seven sailors had been on board the 2 vessels. Of them, a sailor, recognized as Rajaram Kadam hailing from Devgad taluka in the district, died in the incident, whereas three others went lacking. The different three sailors are secure, the assertion mentioned.

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Houses broken in Raigad

As of 2 PM on Monday, 1,886 homes in Raigad had been partially broken, whereas 5 homes had been destroyed fully as a result of cyclonic storm, the federal government mentioned. Earlier, minister of state Aditi Tatkare mentioned 2,299 households (or 8,383 individuals) had been shifted to safer locations in view of the cyclonic storm in Raigad.

The district obtained 23.42 mm rainfall until 2 PM, the assertion mentioned.

Trees, electrical energy poles uprooted

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar mentioned numerous timber fell in the Konkan area as a result of cyclonic storm.


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The authorities should ship further groups of its personnel to the affected area to revive normalcy as soon as the cyclone menace is over, he mentioned. Pawar additionally urged individuals to not step out of their houses with none motive.

Gusty winds uprooted many timber in Thane and Palghar districts neighbouring Mumbai throughout the day, leaving many homes broken.

Hoardings fell at many locations, officers mentioned, including that electrical energy poles had been additionally uprooted.

Mumbai airport closed

As the cyclone moved previous the Maharashtra coast in the morning, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport initially introduced the suspension of operations from 11 am to 2 pm and later determined to maintain all operations shut until 10 pm.

Flight operations on the Mumbai airport ultimately resumed on Monday night time after being suspended for 11 hours as a result of cyclone Tauktae.

Indian Navy, Coast Guard step in

The Indian Navy on Monday deployed three of its frontline warships after receiving messages to rescue 410 individuals on board two barges off the Mumbai coast.

The ships deployed to increase help to the 2 barges had been INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Talwar.

(*2*) Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal mentioned. The oil fields are round 70 km southwest of Mumbai.

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“In response to another SOS received from barge ‘GAL Constructor’ with 137 people onboard about 8NM from Mumbai, INS Kolkata has been sailed to render assistance,” the Navy officer mentioned.

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A Navy spokesperson in Mumbai mentioned in the night time that the rescue operations on Barge 305 had been being undertaken amid excessive climate situations.

The Indian Coast Guard mentioned it rescued 12 fishermen stranded round 35 nautical miles off the Kochi coast amid tough seas as a result of cyclone on the night time of May 16.

Maharashtra CM takes inventory

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took inventory of the scenario in Mumbai, Thane and different coastal districts and assessed the injury brought on by the cyclonic storm.

Over 12,000 individuals had been relocated to safer locations from the coastal areas. These embody 8,380 individuals in Raigad, 3,896 in Ratnagiri and 144 in Sindhudurg districts.

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