Cyclone Tauktae Highlights: The landfall process of cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ finished late on Monday night in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The extremely severe cyclonic storm has weakened to a very severe cyclonic storm.
Nearly 2 lakh persons had been evacuated in Gujarat till Monday afternoon. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani stated that most people have been evacuated from along the coastal belt Saurashtra and Kutch.
Earlier today, six people were killed in Maharashtra’s Konkan region in separate incidents related to the severe cyclonic storm while three sailors remained missing after two boats sank in the sea, news agency PTI reported citing an official statement. Before heading towards the Gujarat coast, the cyclonic storm caused gusty winds and heavy showers across Mumbai city and its neighbouring areas. The wind speed of 114 kmph was recorded around 2 pm at the weather station based at Afghan Church in south Mumbai’s Colaba area, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to the chief ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa besides the lieutenant governor of Daman and Diu regarding preparation and response to deal with cyclone Tauktae. The prime minister had on Saturday reviewed the preparedness to deal with the cyclone’s fallout in a high-level meeting which was attended by several ministries and agencies concerned.