Cyclone Tauktae update: Deep depression intensifies into a cyclonic storm
Amid the deadly second wave of coronavirus pandemic, the first cyclone of this year has led India to a frightening surge in the country’s caseload over the last two months. Cyclonic storm Tauktae is likely to intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” within six hours, may hit Gujarat coast by Tuesday.
In the next 12 hours, cyclone is likely to intensify further into a “very severe cyclonic storm”. It is expected to cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya on Tuesday afternoon.
The team of 50 members of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on duty in five states – Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
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.
To check and talk about the preparedness, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called up an important meeting on Saturday evening, government sources said. Top officers from across government departments, including the National Disaster Management Authority, will attend the meeting.
The tourism activities has been restricted and necessary precautions have been advised for naval operations in anticipation of rough sea. Fishermen have been asked to avoid going towards Arabian Sea.
The cyclone is likely to cause rain in parts of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
Indian Navy’s ship aircrafts, helicopters, diving and disaster relief teams are all set for “rendering full support to state administrations as the cyclonic strom approaches western coasts.”
In a tweet, NDRF chief Satya Pradhan gave details of the teams that are on duty in various states.
He wrote, “53 #NDRF teams committed, 24 teams pre-deployment, 29 teams standby- ready, For 5 states – kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.”
More than 300 people have been relocated from disaster-prone areas to relief camps in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, one of the areas where a red alert has been issued.