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Cyclone Tauktae Highlights: Severe Cyclonic Storm over Eastcentral Arabian Sea; Cyclone Alert for Gujarat & Diu coasts

It is very likely to intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and intensify further.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 16, 2021 9:32:27 am
Thiruvananthapuram: People pull a boat ashore, which sailed away amid strong winds, after a red alert in view of a cylonic formation in the Arabian Sea, in Thiruvananthapuram, Friday, May 14, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Cyclone, Weather forecast Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Saturday said the Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” over eastcentral Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of about 13 kmph during past 6 hours.

It lay centred over eastcentral Arabian Sea near latitude 14.2°N and longitude 72.7°E at 2030 hours IST on Saturday, about 190 km southwest of Panjim-Goa, 550 km south of Mumbai, 780 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat) and 910 km south-southeast of Karachi (Pakistan). It is very likely to intensify into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and intensify further. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the morning of 18th & cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around 18th May Afternoon / evening.

As it would bring very heavy rainfall in that region, cities like Mumbai would not be affected much, the IMD added.
There will be strong winds and heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 17 over north Konkan, including Mumbai,
the IMD said.

The Maharashtra capital can expect showers from Sunday afternoon, said Shubhani Bhute, senior director (weather) IMD, Mumbai. The storm is currently 250 km south-west of Goa, she added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the preparedness of states, central ministries and agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of cyclone Tauktae and asked them to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated. He also called for ensuring maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health and drinking and their immediate restoration in the event of damages caused to them, a statement said.

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22:20 (IST)15 May 2021
Coast Guard rescues three fishermen stranded in marooned boat

The Indian Coast Guard rescued three fishermen stranded in a marooned Indian fishing boat on the night of May 14 in the Cyclone Tauktae ravaged sea off Kannur, news agency PTI reported.

Arun (36), S Francis (58) and Surender (64) were stranded in the fishing vessel Badhriya from Thalessary harbour in the rough sea at around 10.20 pm on Friday. They were rescued by Coast Guard Ship Vikram.

All rescued personnel were provided Medical emergency treatment onboard Coast Guard Ship, a Defence release said here on Saturday.

22:01 (IST)15 May 2021
Torrential rains batter Kerala

Torrential rains accompanied by fierce winds and high tidal waves wreaked havoc and claimed two lives in Kerala, as it lashed the state since last night forcing the government to shift hundreds of families to relief camps, sources said on Saturday.

The southernmost district, Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in the northern tip, witnessed widespread uprooting of trees, water-logging and disruption of power supply since last night.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) issued flood warning to the state in the wake of rising water level in rivers like Manimala and Achankovil.

As the India Meteorological Department (IMD) sounded 'red alert', indicating the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall above 204 mm in 24 hours, in 9 districts, the entire state was put on high vigil.

22:01 (IST)15 May 2021
Torrential rains batter Kerala

Torrential rains accompanied by fierce winds and high tidal waves wreaked havoc and claimed two lives in Kerala, as it lashed the state since last night forcing the government to shift hundreds of families to relief camps, sources said on Saturday.

The southernmost district, Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in the northern tip, witnessed widespread uprooting of trees, water-logging and disruption of power supply since last night.

The Central Water Commission (CWC) issued flood warning to the state in the wake of rising water level in rivers like Manimala and Achankovil.

As the India Meteorological Department (IMD) sounded 'red alert', indicating the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall above 204 mm in 24 hours, in 9 districts, the entire state was put on high vigil.

20:19 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: NDRF doubles teams to 100 with 4,700 rescuers

The National Disaster Response Force has increased the number of teams from 53 to 100 to undertake relief and rescue measures in view of the impending Cyclone Tauktae, an official said on Saturday, news agency PTI reported.

Each NDRF team has a strength of a total 47 personnel and, hence, the total manpower identified for the task is 4,700 rescuers.

NDRF Director General S N Pradhan tweeted that these teams were being mobilised for deployment in the coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra.

On Friday, he had said 53 teams were being committed for the cyclonic storm that was developing in the Arabian sea.

The deployment of the NDRF teams has been increased following new inputs by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pradhan said. 

20:13 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae to reach Karnataka coast tonight, prepared to tackle situation: Ministers

Cyclone Tauktae will reach the state's three coastal districts by Saturday night and the administration is prepared to tackle the situation and to carry out relief and rescue operations, two senior Karnataka Ministers have said.

They said heavy rains are expected in coastal and neighboring districts and the effect of the cyclone is expected to be there till May 18.

"Cyclone Tauktae is likely to gain intensity by this evening or night in our coastal areas. By midnight, the three coastal districts (Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada) are likely to witness heavy rains, and also neighbouring four to five districts like Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Shivamogga, Kodagu," Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. (PTI)

20:10 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: Many states on alert as NDRF doubles teams to 100 with 4,700 rescuers; IAF ready with aircrafts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Saturday said Cyclonic storm Tauktae has intensified and is heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, though it could bring gusty winds and showers to Mumbai. See more pictures here: 

20:10 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: Many states on alert as NDRF doubles teams to 100 with 4,700 rescuers; IAF ready with aircrafts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Saturday said Cyclonic storm Tauktae has intensified and is heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, though it could bring gusty winds and showers to Mumbai. See more pictures here: 

19:44 (IST)15 May 2021
 AAI taking all precautions in view of cyclone Tauktae

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Saturday announced suspension of scheduled flight services at Agatti Airport in Lakshadweep till 10 am on May 16 due to heavy rains.

The Authority has directed all airports concerned to take all precautions and plan preparedness in view of cyclone 'Tauktae' approaching the western coast of the country, AAI said in a statement.

The airport will be made operational as and when cyclone passes the area, AAI said. The AAI senior management earlier on Saturday took stock of the situation with the southern and western region airports at a virtual meeting. (PTI)

19:44 (IST)15 May 2021
 AAI taking all precautions in view of cyclone Tauktae

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Saturday announced suspension of scheduled flight services at Agatti Airport in Lakshadweep till 10 am on May 16 due to heavy rains.

The Authority has directed all airports concerned to take all precautions and plan preparedness in view of cyclone 'Tauktae' approaching the western coast of the country, AAI said in a statement.

The airport will be made operational as and when cyclone passes the area, AAI said. The AAI senior management earlier on Saturday took stock of the situation with the southern and western region airports at a virtual meeting. (PTI)

19:40 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae: PM Modi holds review meeting, asks officials to ensure safe evacuation of people


PM Narendra Modi Saturday reviewed preparedness on cyclone Tauktae and asked officials to take all measures to ensure people are safely evacuated.

At the review meeting, Modi asked to ensure maintenance of essential services like power, telecommunications, health, drinking water.

19:19 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae has intensified, moving towards Gujarat: IMD

Cyclonic storm Tauktae has intensified and is heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, though it could bring gusty winds and showers to Mumbai, the IMD said on Saturday, news agency PTI reported.

The cyclonic storm is very likely to intensify further into a "very severe cyclonic storm" by late Saturday night, the India Meteorological Department said, adding it was very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Gujarat coast
between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18.

As it would bring very heavy rainfall in that region, cities like Mumbai would not be affected much, the IMD added. There will be strong winds and heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 17 over north Konkan, including Mumbai, the met department said. 

19:16 (IST)15 May 2021
As Cyclone Tauktae approaches, NDRF’s 5th Battalion sends 4 teams to Mumbai and Goa; 14 on stand-by

The Pune-based 5th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed four teams in Mumbai and Goa for the impending Cyclone Tauktae. It has also kept 14 more teams on stand-by, which can be mobilised at a short notice, said agency officials.

The 5th Battalion of the NDRF is headquartered at Sudumbare near Talegaon in Pune district and has a total of 18 teams comprising maximum 45 personnel each.

These teams are equipped with boats, rescue equipment and team members include engineering, paramedic and technical experts, as well as a dog squad. The configurations of these teams change as per the nature of emergency.

19:15 (IST)15 May 2021
Maharashtra: 97 fishing boats yet to return to seashore in Palghar

At least 97 fishing boats are yet to return to the seashore in Palghar district of Maharashtra which is likely to bear the brunt of cyclone
Tauktae along with other coastal districts when it will cross the coasts, the administration said on Saturday.

District collectors of Thane and Palghar have asked the citizens, especially those living near the seashores, to be alert during the next few days.

Thane collector Rajesh Narvekar and his Palghar counterpart Manik Gursal have issued guidelines for citizens in case of any eventuality. (PTI)

19:06 (IST)15 May 2021
1000 people working round the clock in 3 coastal districts of Karnataka: State Home Minister

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday said Cyclone Tauktae has hit the Karnataka coast. "Two NDRF teams are there. We are also deploying three SDRF teams. 1000 people will be working round the clock in three coastal districts of Karnataka," he added.

17:59 (IST)15 May 2021
Karnataka ministers chair emergency meeting over cyclone Tauktae

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Revenue Minister R Ashoka Saturday chaired an emergency meeting with officials of Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority in Bengaluru over cyclone Tauktae, news agency ANI reported.

 
17:55 (IST)15 May 2021
Gujarat braces for cyclone Tauktae as damage feared in some regions

In view of IMD's warning about Cyclone Tauktae, Gujarat has geared up adequately to ensure there is no casualty and set up a control room, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Saturday even as a Central advisory predicted damage to thatched houses, roads, power and communication lines in the districts of the Saurashtra region. 

As per the India Meteorological Department, the cyclone is likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandarand Naliya on May 18 afternoon or evening as a "very severe cyclonic storm" bringing isolated extremely heavy rainfall with the wind speed reaching 175 kmph along Saurashtra and Kutch coasts. 

Rupani said teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) will be deployed. "The state government has made full preparations and a control room has been set up. Administrations of the districts in Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions, which are likely to be affected by the cyclone, have been alerted.

Teams of the NDRF are reaching the state, and they will be deployed," he told reporters in Palanpur in Banaskantha district. (PTI)

17:29 (IST)15 May 2021
Tamil Nadu braces for cyclone Tauktae, CM asks officials to monitor dam levels, ensure safety of people

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday braced for the impact of cyclone Tauktae, with chief minister M K Stalin directing officials to monitor level of water in dams and also ensure people's safety.

'Tauktae', currently over east-central and adjoining SE Arabian Sea, is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours, according to the Met office.

Kanyakumari district having its border with Kerala, Tirunelveli and some of the districts in the Western Ghats region received rains today. There was inundation at several places in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts.

Instructing authorities to keep in mind the COVID-19 norms while evacuating people and in lodging them at safer places, the chief minister asked officials of districts likely to be affected with heavy rains and gusty winds to be prepared to launch relief and rehabilitation measures. (PTI)

17:23 (IST)15 May 2021
Depression over Arabian Sea intensifies into Cyclone Tauktae, to cross Guj coast around May 18: IMD

The deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into cyclonic storm Tauktae and is likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

It said Tauktae will be a very severe cyclonic storm from May 16-18.

In a bulletin released at 1:45 PM, the IMD said, "It (Tauktae) is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next six hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around 18th May afternoon/evening."

Both the Centre and states have been gearing up to deal with the cyclone that has been building up over the Arabian Sea for days now. (PTI)

16:56 (IST)15 May 2021
Sea levels swell at Palolem beach in Canacona, south Goa due to Cyclone Tauktae

Sea levels swell at Palolem beach in Canacona, south Goa due to Cyclone Tauktae. Watch the video below: 

15:52 (IST)15 May 2021
Cyclone 'Tauktae': NDRF doubles number of teams to 100

The National Disaster Response Force has increased from 53 to 100 the number of teams earmarked to undertake relief and rescue measures in the wake of impending Cyclone Tauktae, a senior officer said on Saturday.

The force's Director General, S N Pradhan, said in a tweet that these teams are being mobilised for deployment in the coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra.

On Friday, he had said that 53 teams are being committed for the cyclonic storm that is developing in the Arabian sea.

The deployment of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams has been "upped" as per new inputs provided by the India Meteorological Department, Pradhan said.

Out of the 100 teams, the director general said 42 are being pre-deployed or stationed on the ground in six states while 26 are on stand-by. (PTI)

Mumbai has suspended its vaccination drive on Saturday and Sunday in view of the cyclone warning, its civic body announced Friday evening. The decision was taken to avoid troubles for senior citizens and also possible crowding as the city is expected to get rains due to the cyclone.

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.

Due to its proximity to the sea, the problem of flooding is particularly serious in Chellanam, a coastal village in Ernakulam district.  Due to a combination of uninterrupted rain starting Thursday morning and sea-erosion, many homes in the village are already under water.

Kerala: Red alert in several districts; relief camps opened

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared code red alerts, indicating extremely heavy rain, in three districts of Kerala and Lakshadweep on Friday and five districts of the state on Saturday in the backdrop of the likely formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea.

“A low pressure area has formed over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area today. It is very likely to become well-marked over Lakshadweep area by May14th morning, concentrate into a depression over the same region by 15th morning and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to intensify further and move north-northwestwards towards Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coasts. It is likely to reach Gujarat coasts around May 18th evening,” the special bulletin of the IMD said Thursday evening.

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