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Cyclone Tauktae updates: Karnataka's coastal districts witness extremely heavy rainfall; 4 dead
This is the first cyclonic storm this year as the country battles a deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was observed over six districts - 3 coastal and 3 Malnad - in Karanataka in the past 24 hours due to cyclone Tauktae, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said on Sunday.
So far, 4 people have lost their lives, 73 villages affected. Earlier today, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said that the cyclone Tauktae is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and will cross the Gujarat coast in the morning of May 18.
"The CS Tauktae lay centred at 2330 IST of 15th May over the Arabian Sea about 170 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 520 km south of Mumbai. It is very likely to intensify into a VSCS, cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around 18th May early morning," the IMD tweeted.
This is the first cyclonic storm this year as the country battles a deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a frightening surge in India's caseload over the last two months.
Tauktae intensified into 'very severe cyclonic storm': Cyclone Tauktae has intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm", says the India Meteorological Department. "It is very likely to reach Gujarat coast in evening hours of May 17 and cross it between Porbandar and Mahuva around May 18 early morning," it added.
Amit Sha to review preparedness: Union Home Minister AmitShah will review the preparedness for Cyclone Tauktae with states today and will be chairing a meeting shortly.
Karnataka CM 'closely monitoring': Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said that his government is closely monitoring the cyclone situation in coastal areas. "I am in contact with district in-charge ministers and DCs of the affected districts to ensure rescue and relief operations, he added.
Cyclone moving in north northwest direction: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the cyclone Tauktae is very likely to keep moving in the northwest direction. By late afternoon, its centre will be north-northwest of Goa. Gale winds and rainfall will continue for almost the entire day.
Four dead in Karnataka: Due to cyclone Tauktae, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall was observed over six districts, three coastal districts and three Malnad districts in the past 24 hours. So far, four people have lost their lives and 73 villages have been affected, the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said on Sunday.
Cyclone hits Goa: Cyclonic storm Tauktae today hit coastal parts of Goa.
NDRF teams ready to combat Tauktae: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has increased the number of teams from 53 to 100 to undertake relief and rescue measures in view of the impending Cyclone Tauktae. According to an official, the NDRF teams are ready to combat any situation that may arise with the landfall of the cyclonic storm.
Tauktae to emerge in the Gulf of Kutch: According to the Skymet, severe cyclone Tauktae will intensify in very severe cyclone by tomorrow morning. It may make landfall over Gujarat near Dwarka with sustained winds 140-150 Kmph in gust 160 Kmph. After the landfall, it will emerge in the Gulf of Kutch and move towards Naliya or south Pakistan.
Fishing operations suspended: Following the IMD warning, there has been a total suspension of fishing operations over east-central and adjoining the southeast Arabian Sea and along and off Kerala-Karnataka-Goa-Maharashtra coasts. Total suspension of fishing operations over the northeast Arabian Sea and along and off Gujarat coast from May 17.
PM reviews preparedness: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday took a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of states and central agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of cyclone 'Tauktae'.