Cyclone Tauktae: Navy rushes warships to rescue 2 boats with 410 people stranded at sea | Watch

Responding to SOS calls from boats stranded at sea amid Cyclone Tauktae, the Indian Navy has pressed its warships and air belongings into motion for rescue missions. The navy obtained a request for help for Barge ‘P305’ adrift off the Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High space with 273 people on board.

Following the request, the Indian Navy despatched INS Kochi for search and rescue (SAR) help. Besides, INS Talwar can also be making ready to sail out to be a part of the rescue mission.

The Indian Navy stated a number of different ships and plane have been readied for rescue missions within the wake of Cyclone Tauktae.

Meanwhile, INS Kolkata has been despatched in response to an SOS name obtained from Barge ‘GAL Constructor’ with 137 people on board. The boat is round 8 nautical miles from Mumbai.

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The two barges with 410 individuals on board had gone adrift off the Mumbai coast as Cyclone Tauktae intensified into a really extreme cyclonic storm on Monday. It is predicted to attain the Gujarat coast by this night.

Helicopters pressed into motion

Earlier within the day, a naval helicopter was despatched to rescue stranded crew members of an Indian boat adrift within the Arabian Sea. The Indian flagged Tug ‘Coromondel Supporter XI’ was adrift North West of Mangalore, Karnataka.

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The Navy stated tough sea due to Cyclone Tauktae had resulted in flooding of the vessel’s equipment compartments rendering it with out propulsion and energy provide, and the crew with none help. “Four rescued personnel were transferred to a nearby Coast Guard vessel.”

Air Force too in motion

On Sunday, the Indian Air Force deployed two C-130J and one An-32 plane to transport 167 personnel and 16.5 tonnes of load of NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad.

Another C-130J and two An-32 plane carried 121 NDRF personnel and 11.6 tonnes of load from Vijayawada to Ahmedabad to assist native authorities put together for Cyclone Tauktae.

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Besides this, two C-130J plane transported 110 personnel and 15 tonnes of cargo for NDRF from Pune to Ahmedabad.

Latest information on Cyclone Tauktae

As Cyclone Tauktae raged previous the Maharashtra coast and inched nearer to Mumbai Monday morning, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport introduced the suspension of operations from 11 am to 2 pm.

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

The cyclonic storm will intensify additional and reach the Gujarat coast by Monday evening, the India Meteorological Department stated.

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“The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ (pronounced as Tau’Te) over the eastcentral Arabian Sea moved north-north-westwards with a speed of about 20 kmph during past six hours, intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm,” the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD stated

“It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17th and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) during the night (2000-2300 hours IST) of May 17 as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind speed 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph,” it added.

(With PTI inputs)

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