Cyclone Tauktae knocks on India’s west coast

From May 16-19, the Arabian sea depression is very likely to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 150-160 kilometres per hour gusting up to 175 kmph, Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said. It is likely to reach Gujarat coast by the morning of May 18.

After the cyclonic warning the National Disaster Response Force has deployed several teams on ground. At least 24 teams are pre-deployed and 29 teams are on standby for Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, NDRF DG, SN Pradhan told ANI. 

The cyclone is likely to intensify further into a “very severe cyclonic storm” in the next 12 hours. It is expected to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya on Tuesday aftenoon. 

More than 50 teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are on duty in five states – Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra. 

Very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall “causing flash floods and landslides” over the coastal districts of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa till Sunday and Saurashtra, Kutch in Gujarat on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected, the India Meteorological Department has said.

Kerala continues to witness heavy rain, as the depression intensifies. Torrential rains and fierce winds have left a trail of destruction in Kerala, especially in its coastal areas. From Thiruvananthapuram in the south to Kasaragod in the north, hundreds of families living close to the sea have had to abandon their homes and rush to relief camps set up by the state government in the face of massive sea-incursions.

Heavy rains and fierce winds, influenced by Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea, have led to a series of destruction in Kerala, especially in its coastal areas.

From Thiruvananthapuram in the south to Kasaragod in the north, hundreds of families living close to the sea have had to abandon their homes and rush to relief camps set up by the state government in the face of massive sea-incursions. The Met Department had warned of squally winds with speeds of 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph along and off the Kerala-Karnataka coast along with rough sea conditions on Saturday.

Several houses close to the sea in districts like Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Alappuzha have been partially or completely damaged by the impact of the cyclone

The Mumbai civic body on Friday decided to suspend its COVID-19 vaccination drive on May 15 and 16 in view of the warning about cyclone Tauktae. Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani told PTI that it was a precautionary measure as cyclone Tauktae is forecast to pass close to the city.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a review meet this evening. 

Red and orange alerts have been sounded in various parts. Low-lying areas of the Islands of Lakshadweep are likely to get flooded.

Source- The IndianExpress