Cyclone Tauktae to intensify into severe cyclonic storm, NDRF on alert; heavy rain across Kerala | 10 points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as a gathering on Saturday to evaluate preparations to cope with the approaching Cyclone Tauktae which intensified into a cyclonic storm on Saturday morning.

The depression in the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm”. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has mentioned the cyclonic storm will probably be a really severe cyclonic storm from May 16-18 and cross the Gujarat coast on May 18. The IMD has positioned a ‘cyclone watch’ for south Gujarat and Diu coasts.

Along with Gujarat, coastal areas of Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been put on alert after the climate division mentioned the affect of the cyclone will probably be felt within the southeast, east-central and northeast Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep islands, Maldives space, triggering heavy rainfall in coastal and adjoining districts of all states. Cyclone Tauktae Live Updates on May 15

Here are 10 high points on this story:

1. Cyclone Tauktae, pronounced as Tau’Te, intensified into a cyclonic storm on Saturday morning. “Deep Depression intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘Tauktae’ (pronounced as Tau’Te) over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast & east central Arabian Sea: Cyclone watch for south Gujarat & Diu coasts,” the IMD mentioned in a tweet on Saturday.

(Source:IMD)

2. In its bulletin at 2.30 pm on Saturday, the climate division mentioned the cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ moved practically northwards and lay centered over the east-central Arabian Sea, about 290 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 650 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 880 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat).

3. The IMD bulletin at 2.30 pm added: “It is very likely to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during the next three hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during the subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach the Gujarat coast on the morning of May 18 and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18 evening.”

4. The IMD has alerted states alongside the western coast. In the latest bulletin, the IMD also issued a rain warning for Lakshadweep Islands, Kerala, Tamil Nadu (ghat districts), Karnataka (coastal and adjoining ghat districts), Goa, Gujarat, Diu and West Rajasthan.

5. As incessant rains lashed Kerala, (*10*) High vary and coastal areas within the central and northern districts of Kerala primarily bore the brunt. Many low-lying areas, together with Kuttanad, have been inundated. In Ernakulam and Thrissur districts, many homes have been inundated due to excessive tides. People from the affected areas have been shifted to close by aid camps by the administration.

The shutters of the Kallarkutty, Malankara and Bhoothathankettu dams within the hill district of Idukki have been opened and that of the Maniyar in Pathanamthitta was raised as a precautionary measure following excessive influx within the catchment space. There have been additionally reviews of harm to roads due to excessive sea waves in Trivandrum. The Central Water Commission has additionally issued a average to excessive threat alert over watersheds in central and northern elements of Kerala, adjoining south coastal and south inside Karnataka.

6. IMD has issued a crimson alert in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod districts of Kerala for Saturday. Very heavy to extraordinarily heavy rainfall inflicting flash floods and landslides over the coastal districts of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa until May 16 and Saurashtra, Kutch throughout May 18,” the IMD had mentioned earlier in its bulletin.

7. Both the Centre and states have been gearing up to cope with the cyclone that has been build up over the Arabian Sea for days now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting later in the day (5 pm) to review preparations to deal with impending Cyclone Tauktae. Top officers from across authorities departments, together with the National Disaster Management Authority, will attend the assembly.

8. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has elevated the variety of groups earmarked to undertake aid and rescue measures within the wake of impending Cyclone Tauktae from 53 to 100. The pressure’s Director General, S N Pradhan, mentioned in a tweet that these groups are being mobilised for deployment within the coastal areas of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. The deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) groups has been “upped” as per new inputs supplied by the India Meteorological Department, Pradhan mentioned.

9. Out of the 100 groups, the NDRF director-general mentioned 42 are being pre-deployed or stationed on the bottom in six states whereas 26 are on stand-by. Thirty-two groups are on backup and might be airlifted upon requirement, Pradhan mentioned. The NDRF chief additionally mentioned that members of those groups have been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 and are outfitted with the required instruments.

10. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has directed the authorities in coastal districts of the state to stay alert and well-equipped to deal with the scenario. Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg districts are doubtless to bear the brunt of the cyclone and therefore the collectors of those districts have been requested to take all essential precautions when it comes to rescue gear and manpower, CM Thackeray mentioned.

The Mumbai civic physique additionally took varied precautionary measures in view of the IMD warning. All authorities vaccination centres will probably be closed for 2 days. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said potentially dangerous tree branches are being cut, dewatering pumps are being stationed in low-lying areas, short-term shelters could be opened if required and rescue groups could be deployed on six fundamental `Chowpatties’ (seashores)

Last June, Mumbai was badly hit due to cyclone Nisarga which made landfall in neighbouring Raigad district. Another cyclone ‘Amphan’ had hit Bengal in May. This is the primary time a cyclone is hitting India in 2021 because the nation battles a devastating second wave of Covid-19.

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