Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: PM announces Rs 1,000-cr relief package for Gujarat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes an aerial survey of Cyclone Tauktae-affected areas of Gujarat | PTI photo
Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updates: As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone 'Tauktae' across 12 districts of Gujarat. Fifteen deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, the worst affected in the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and completed landfall around 1.30 am Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess the devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae. Earlier in the day, PM announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief measures in the areas hit by cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat. He also announced Rs 200,000 ex-gratia compensation for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in cyclone-related incidents in all states affected by Tauktae.

At least 22 personnel on board accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are dead and 65 still missing, a Navy official said on Wednesday. The Navy said its personnel, battling extreme weather, have so far rescued 186 of the 273 people who were onboard barge P305 and also two from tugboat Varaprada.

Meanwhile, a new cyclonic storm, named Cyclone Yaas, is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.

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Cyclone Yass likely to hit West Bengal, Odisha coast by May 27

After severe cyclonic storm Tauktae in the west coast, another cyclone -- Yass -- is likely to hit the east coast on May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
 
A low pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22, it said.
 
"It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal-Odisha coasts around 26th May evening," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.
 
It added that the southwest monsoon is very likely to advance over south Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21 in association with the likely strengthening and deepening of southwesterly winds over the region Other atmospheric and oceanic conditions like conducive environment for convection, sea surface temperatures are also favourable for persistent cloudiness over Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of east-central and southeast Bay of Bengal around May 22.
 
These conditions will help in formation of a low pressure area over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22, the IMD said.
 
Under the influence of these systems, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on May 22 and 23, it said.
 
Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Assam and Meghalaya are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places are very likely to commence from evening of May 25. The intensity of the rainfall will increase substantially, the IMD said.
 
It said the west coast, especially Gujarat and Maharashtra, are still assessing the damage done by extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae.
 
April-May, the pre-monsoon months, usually witness formation of cyclones on the eastern as well as the western coast.
 

Cyclone: Gujarat govt to give Rs 4 lakh each to kin of dead

The Gujarat government on Wednesday approved a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who have died due to various incidents related to cyclone Tauktae that ravaged coastal areas of the state.
 
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who made the compensation announcement, said those injured in cyclone-triggered incidents will get Rs 50,000 each, said a state government release.
 
This financial assistance is in addition to the central government's compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured persons, it said.
 
According to the Gujarat government, 45 persons lost their lives in incidents related to the cyclone which hit the state on Monday night.
 
Tauktae triggered heavy rains from Saurashtra coast to North Gujarat. Over 16,000 houses were damaged, more than 40,000 trees and over 70,000 electric poles uprooted, while 5,951 villages faced total power blackout, it said.
 
In a video message, Rupani said his government's focus is on restoration of communication and electricity infrastructure and repair of damaged roads.

Delhi records highest 24-hour rainfall in May since 1976 under 'Tauktae' impact

Delhi on Wednesday recorded 60 mm rainfall till 8:30 pm, the highest 24-hour precipitation in May in 35 years, under the impact of cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' and a western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said.
 

The city also recorded a maximum temperature of 23.8 degrees Celsius, 16 notches below normal and the lowest in the month of May since 1951, the IMD said.

Tauktae: One dead, three injured as heavy rains lash Rajasthan

One person died and three others were injured due to heavy rainfall and gusty winds after cyclone Tauktae hit Rajasthan, officials said on Wednesday.
 

The cyclone arrived in the state on Tuesday night and its impact was seen in various far-flung districts of the state on Wednesday as well.

Police to probe why barge P-305 didn't move away despite cyclone warning

Mumbai Police will conduct a probe as to why the ill-fated barge P-305 which sank off Mumbai coast on Monday evening stayed in the area despite warnings about cyclone Tauktae, an official said.
 

Yellow Gate Police in south Mumbai on Wednesday registered an accidental death report (ADR) in connection with 22 persons on the barge whose bodies have been recovered.

4 bodies have been handed over to Mumbai police



Tauktae heading towards Haryana, cautions Dushyant Chautala

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday alerted the people of his state regarding the storm "Tauktae", saying it is headed towards the state.
 

He urged the people to stay vigilant during the next 48 hours and not step out of their homes for their safety, an official statement said here.
 

According to the Meteorological Department, the flow of the storm is moving towards Haryana through Gujarat, Rajasthan and its speed can move up to 50 kilometers per hour in most districts of the state from Wednesday to Thursday evening.

812 trees uprooted across Mumbai due to cyclone Tauktae

As many as 812 trees were uprooted across Mumbai due to the impact of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae that brushed past the city coast, the civic body said on Wednesday.
 

According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release, of the total trees uprooted by the strong winds triggered by the cyclonic storm, 70 per cent were of foreign origin.

Govt sets up a high-level committee to enquire into stranding of ONGC vessels in cyclone



As cyclone 'Tauktae' causes rain, Delhi's max temperature for May dips to lowest since 1951

Delhi on Wednesday recorded a maximum temperature of 23.8 degrees Celsius, 16 notches below normal and the lowest in the month of May since 1951, as rain drenched the national capital under the impact of cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' and a western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said.
 

Delhi's maximum temperature during the day was less than that of Srinagar (25.8 degrees Celsius) and Dharamshala (27.2 degrees Celsius) up in the north.

Mamata directs officials to prepare for cyclone amid warning

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday directed senior government officials to make all necessary arrangements after the weather office warned about a cyclonic storm that may hit West Bengal's coastal areas on May 26.
 
Chairing a virtual meeting, Banerjee directe the officers to arrange for adequate stock of medicines, drinking water, dry food and tarpaulins, officials said.
 
She also told the officers to ensure that enough force, from state disaster management team and the police, are deployed, they said.

Cyclone Tauktae leaves trail of destruction in Gujarat, death toll reaches 46

As many as 46 people were killed in the incidents related to cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat which made landfall on Monday night and left a trail of destruction before weakening and moving to Rajasthan, officials said on Wednesday.
 
Thousands of houses were damaged and trees and electricity poles were uprooted as Tauktae brought along heavy rains and high winds.
 
Of 46 deaths, 15 were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, among the worst affected by the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm" on Monday night. Eight people each were killed in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath districts, an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.

IMD reports new cyclone formation, Yaas, at Bay of Bengal

A new cyclonic storm, named Cyclone Yaas, is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22, informed RK Jenamani, senior scientist, National Weather Forecasting Centre, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.
 
"Low pressure of the new cyclonic storm is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22. May 23 should mark depression stage, and the final cyclonic storm is expected to hit by May 24-25," he told ANI.
 
The cyclone Yaas will hit the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26. Meanwhile, both the states will experience heavy rainfall from May 22 to 26.
 
Talking about cyclone Tauktae, Jenamani said, "The cyclone Tauktae, has already crossed Gujarat on Monday night (May 17). It is now close to Rajasthan's Udaipur. The southern area of the state has received heavy rainfall the entire day (Wednesday)."

Now, east coast may see new cyclone; West Bengal, Odisha likely to be hit by May 27

Even as the after-effects of Cyclone Tauktae on the west Coast of India are subsiding, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today warned that another cyclone is likely to hit India, this time on the east coast by May 26-27.
 
A low-pressure area is likely to form over the north Andaman Sea adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22.
 
"It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal - Odisha coasts around 26th May evening," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said. READ MORE...

Rain, thundershowers recorded in parts of Uttar Pradesh

Light to moderate rain or thundershower was recorded at several places in Uttar Pradesh, Met officials said on Wednesday. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning occurred at a few places in eastern part of the state and at isolated places in the western part, it said.

According to the Met department, rains were witnessed in areas including Mauranipur in Jhansi district, Karwi (Chitrakoot), Safipur (Unnao), Malihabad (Lucknow), Sultanpur, Karchhana (Allahabad), Kanpur, Fatehpur, Agra, Khairagar (Agra), Kalpi Tehsil (Jalaun), and Hamirpur.

The maximum temperature in the state was recorded at Banda observatory (35.2 degree Celsius) while the minimum temperature was recorded in Aligarh (20.8 degree Celsius), as per Met officials.

Cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat wreaks havoc on crops; mango, banana plantations worst-hit

Cyclone Tauktae, which claimed the lives of 45 persons in Gujarat, has also caused a huge damage to standing summer crops, with the Kesar variety of mango that is mainly grown in the coastal districts of Gir Somnath and Junagadh, bearing its brunt along with the coconut and banana plantations in parts of the state, farmers said.
 
Coconut plantations in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar, and banana plantations in Bharuch, Tapi, Vadodara, Anand and parts of Kheda, among other districts, were badly hit, in addition to other standing summer crops, they said.
 
Hundreds of mango trees were uprooted in plantations across Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Valsad districts, with nearly all the mangoes falling to the ground from the trees in the cyclone that made a landfall Monday night, the growers said.

PM announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for kin of those killed, Rs 50,000 for those injured in affected states

PM Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those injured due to Cyclone Tauktae in all affected states

PM Modi announces Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief in cyclone- hit Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief measures in the areas hit by cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat, an official release said.
 
He also announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia compensation for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in cyclone-related incidents in all states affected by Tauktae.
 
The Prime Minister approved the help package after holding a review meeting here with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and top officials to assess the damage caused by the cyclone.

M V Denali anchored off Tarapur in Maharashtra, all crew safe: Indian Coast Guard

Cyclone Tauktae aerial survey: NCP asks if PM Modi 'singling out' Gujarat; Sanjay Raut takes dig

The NCP, which is one of the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), on Wednesday wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Gujarat and Diu amounted to discrimination against Maharashtra which too was affected by the cyclonic storm.
 
Taking a dig, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the PM was not conducting an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Maharashtra because he knew that the state is led by a strong chief minister unlike in his home state Gujarat. READ MORE...

Cyclone Tauktae: Rs 200,000 ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured, says PMO

Rs 200,000 ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured due to 'Cyclone Tauktae' would be given to all those affected across India. PM also takes stock of Covid-19 situation in Gujarat: Prime Minister's Office

PM conducts aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas in Gujarat, holds review meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of areas affected by cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat and adjoining Union Territory of Diu and held a meeting with top officials here later to review the situation.
 
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, state Chief Secretary Anil Mukim and Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar were among those who attended the meeting held at GUJSAIL Complex at Ahmedabad Airport, officials said. READ ON...

Low-pressure may intensify into cyclonic storm, hit West Bengal, Odisha

A low-pressure area is very likely to form over North Andaman Sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal on May 22 and intensify into a cyclonic storm, the Met Department said here on Wednesday.
 
The system is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal-Odisha coasts around May 26 evening, Regional Met Director GK Das said. The low-pressure area, after formation on May 22, is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: PM Modi holds a review meeting in Ahmedabad to assess the situation

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: PM Modi announces financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for Gujarat

Mining should resume immediately as Goa's plight compounded by destruction by Tauktae: GMPF

Goa Mining People's Front, an umbrella body of mining dependents, on Wednesday said it has appealed to the Supreme Court for immediate resumption of mining in Goa in the wake of plight of the state being further compounded by the destruction caused by the severe cyclonic storm Tauktae.
 
Mining in Goa came to a standstill in March 2018 when the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases.
 
"Gram panchayats of Goa under the aegis Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF) have appealed to the Supreme Court for immediate resumption of mining in Goa as the state is witnessing a grave situation and extra ordinary circumstances," the umbrella body of mining dependents said in a statement.

Cyclone Tauktae impact: 22 dead, 65 missing from barge; 186 rescued

At least 22 personnel on board accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are dead and 65 still missing, a Navy official said on Wednesday.
 
The Navy said its personnel, battling extreme weather, have so far rescued 186 of the 273 people who were onboard barge P305 and also two from tugboat Varaprada.
 
"Search and rescue operations are still on and we haven't lost hopes of bringing them ashore," an official said. However, the chance of finding survivors is getting bleaker as the hours pass by, he added. READ MORE...

PM spoke to senior officials and took stock of operations being undertaken to rescue personnel on ONGC barge

PM Narendra Modi spoke to senior officials and took stock of the operations being undertaken to rescue personnel on the ONGC barge: ANI

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Search operation underway for 73 crew members of Barge P305, says Indian Coast Guard

Search operation is underway for 73 crew members of Barge P305. Our ships and aircrafts are making all possible efforts to rescue all of them: Indian Coast Guard Inspector General KR Suresh

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: 188 survivors rescued so far, says Indian Navy

East coast may see formation of cyclone; likely to hit West Bengal, Odisha coast by May 27

After the west coast, another cyclone is likely to hit the east coast by May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
 
A low pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22.
 
"It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal - Odisha coasts around 26th May evening," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.

Cyclone Tauktae: Southern districts in Rajasthan receive heavy rains

Cyclone Tauktae has triggered heavy rains in southern districts of Rajasthan in the last 24 hours while it is expected to weaken in the next 12 hours, Met officials said on Wednesday.
 
The cyclonic storm entered southern Rajasthan late on Tuesday night causing heavy rains in the region and it was centred 60 km southwest of Udaipur on Wednesday morning, a spokesman of the regional Meteorological Department said.
 
In the next 12 hours, the cyclone is expected to weaken and turn into a low pressure area and move to northeast Rajasthan, he said. The cyclone caused 'heavy' to 'very heavy' rainfall at some places in the southern districts of the state in the last 24 hours, as per the Met department.

PM Modi conducts aerial survey of Cyclone Tauktae affected areas of Gujarat and Diu

PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess the devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae.
 
Modi is in Gujarat to review the situation in the state in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae. He landed at Bhavnagar from Delhi around noon and proceeded for the aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, an official said.
 
Modi boarded a helicopter for the aerial survey of cyclone-affected areas in Gir-Somnath, Bhavnagar and Amreli district of Gujarat along with Diu. READ MORE...

Cyclone Tauktae death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat: Official

As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone Tauktae across 12 districts of Gujarat, officials said Wednesday. Fifteen deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, the worst affected in the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and completed landfall around 1.30 am Tuesday, officials said.
 
Eight people each were killed in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath coastal districts, an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre said. Five were killed in Ahmedabad, two in Kheda, and one each in Anand, Vadodara, Surat, Valsad, Rajkot, Navsari and Panchmahal districts, the official said. While 24 deaths were due to wall collapses during the cyclone, six died after trees fell on them, five each because of house collapse and electrocution, four due to roof collapse and one died due to a tower collapse, the official said.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updates: Death toll rises to 45 in Gujarat

14 bodies recovered, two days after Barge P305 sank in Arabian Sea

Indian Navy Commodore Manoj Jha Wednesday said 14 bodies had been recovered from the Arabian Sea, two days after a vessel which went adrift during Cyclone Tauktae sank. 

PM Modi reaches Gujarat to review situation after cyclone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday reached Bhavnagar in Gujarat to review the situation in the state in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae.
 
Modi landed at Bhavnagar from Delhi and proceeded for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, an official said.
 
After the survey, the PM is scheduled to hold a review meeting at Ahmedabad.
 
Thirteen people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae pummelled parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles, trees and damaging thousands of houses and roads.

Cyclone Tauktae: Remnant of the system to move to UP in next two days

The system has weakened into a depression over south Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat, and lies about 30 km south-southwest of Udaipur and 170 km east-northeast of Deesa in Gujarat. It is likely to gradually weaken into a well-marked low pressure area in the next 12 hours. The remnant of the system is very likely to move further northeastwards across Rajasthan to Uttar Pradesh during the next two days, the IMD said. 

NDRF personnel carry out road clearance and restoration work in Diu in the aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae

NDRF personnel carry out road clearance and restoration work in Diu in the aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae: The 196 personnel on SS-3 and 101 personnel on Sagar Bhushan are safe

The 196 personnel on SS-3 and 101 personnel on Sagar Bhushan are safe. Offshore Supply Vessels hired by ONGC and SCI towing then to safety. INS Talwar also in area: Defence PRO

Cyclone Tauktae: The 196 personnel on SS-3 and 101 personnel on Sagar Bhushan are safe

The 196 personnel on SS-3 and 101 personnel on Sagar Bhushan are safe. Offshore Supply Vessels hired by ONGC and SCI towing then to safety. INS Talwar also in area: Defence PRO

Cyclone Tauktae impact: No Covid-19 vaccination in Palghar

Due to electricity failure and network issues today there will be no Covid-19 vaccination in the entire district: Palghar District Collector

Cyclone Tauktae tears up Gujarat coast; 13 dead, 16,000 houses damaged

As many as 13 people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae pummelled parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles, trees and damaging thousands of houses and roads, officials said on Tuesday.
 
In what was one of the worst cyclones faced by the state, Tauktae triggered heavy rains in many parts along its way from the Saurashtra coast to North Gujarat with as many as 46 talukas receiving over 100 mm of downpour, while 12 of them recorded 150 mm to 175 mm of rains. Read on...

Chennai Corp announces Rs 2,000 fine for violating home quarantine protocol

Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 if Covid positive patients found violating home isolation protocol.
 
In an order by the corporation, it read, "Those under home quarantine will be fined Rs 2000, if found violating the protocols. In case of repeated violation of home isolation norms, concerned person/people will be taken to Covid care centres."
 
As per the state health bulletin yesterday, Tamil Nadu logged 33,059 new Covid-19 cases, 21,362 discharges and 364 deaths in the last 24 hours. The active cases stand at 2,31,596. Read on...

Covid-19 crisis: Over no response, states relax global vaccine tender norms

Having received no response in the initial round of global tenders floated to procure Covid-19 vaccines, states like Uttar Pradesh and the civic body of Mumbai are now relaxing the criteria for procurement. This comes even as a few more states like West Bengal and Bihar are considering floating similar tenders.
 
A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said they have extended the bid by one week. “We have extended the bid date by one week. We have received some queries. To increase broad participation we extended the expression of interest (EoI) date by a week to May 25,” the official said. Read on...

Maharashtra, Gujarat CMs discuss impact of Cyclone Tauktae

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday held a conversation with his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani to discuss the impact of Cyclone Tauktae as the cyclonic storm made landfall in the neighbouring state late in the night a day earlier.
 
In a tweet by the Maharashtra CMO in the evening, it read, "This morning CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray spoke to Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani ji. They discussed the impact of Cyclone Tauktae on Maharashtra and Gujarat."
 
On May 17, Thackeray was closely monitoring the movement and the impact of the cyclone. "Vehicular movement is being restored after removing trees and electric poles that have fallen due to gusty winds. The CM also took stock of the damage to fishing boats. He also took stock of the interrupted Air and Rail services from the relevant departments", informed Thackeray's CMO.
 
As Cyclone Tauktae caused severe damage to property and lives, the Indian Navy has rescued a total of 180 personnel so far from Barge P-305.

637 rescued; over 80 ONGC off-shore op staff missing, reports Indian Express

In one of the biggest off-shore search and rescue operations mounted by the Coast Guard and Navy, 637 men have been rescued from their vessels that went adrift in gale-force winds and high waves in the Arabian Sea during Monday’s Cyclone Tauktae, but the search is still on for at least 80 more men who are missing, officials said.

Cyclone Tauktae to weaken gradually in next few hours: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae will move North-Northeastwards and weaken gradually into a deep depression in the next three hours, informed the India Meteorological Department on Wednesday.
 
While the Indian Navy continues to carry out its rescue operations near the Western coastline, the meteorological department in a tweet informed, "Deep Depression (Remnants of Tauktae) over Gujarat region lay centered at 2330 hours IST of the 18th May, 2021 is about 110 km north-northeast of Ahmedabad. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Depression during next 06 hours."
 
Cyclone tauktae has impacted the weather conditions in several parts of Northern India. Many areas like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi are like to witness rainfall in the coming few hours.
 
"Viratnagar, Kotputli, Khairthal, Bhiwari, Mahandipur Balaji, Mahawa, Nadbai, Nagaur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Deeg (Rajasthan) during next 2 hours", tweeted IMD.

Cyclone Tauktae: Light to moderate rain to continue over adjoining areas of entire Delhi NCR

Light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-40 km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi & NCR: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae: PM Modi to visit Gujarat today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu today, to review the situation and damage caused due to Cyclone Tauktae. The prime minister will conduct an aerial survey of areas including Una, Diu, Jafarabad, and Mahuva. He will also hold a review meeting in Ahmedabad later.

Cyclone Tauktae: India witnesses 4 consecutive years of pre-monsoon cyclones in the Arabian Sea

This is the first time since the start of satellite records in 1980 in India that there have been four consecutive years of pre-monsoon cyclones in the Arabian Sea.

Cyclone Tauktae likely to weaken gradually into a depression during next 6 hours: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE update

Strong winds kill 4 people in Pakistan

Pakistan's biggest city Karachi was hit by gusty winds and a dust storm on Tuesday under the influence of Tauktae cyclone in the region which left four people dead.
 
At least 13 people were killed in Gujarat in India as the cyclone battered parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles and trees, and damaging several houses and roads.
 
Cyclone Tauktae hit Gujarat coast on Monday night as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm", bringing heavy rains to the state. Earlier, the cyclone had battered the entire west coast.
 
Rescue officials in Pakistan confirmed that at least four people were killed in roof collapse incidents after Karachi was hit by a dust storm followed by light rain in many parts of the city.
 
“The dust storm was caused due to the influence of the cyclone system being in southern Pakistan's vicinity combined with local weather conditions,” the met official said.
 
Karachi has been in the grip of a severe heat wave since the last three days with temperatures soaring up to 44 degrees Celsuis.
 
A rescue official said that two persons were killed in a low-lying area of the city when the roof of their house collapsed while two deaths were reported from the New Karachi area.
 
A Met department official said Karachi, despite being on the coastal belt, was saved from the brunt of the cyclone which has caused more damage and deaths in India.
 

Scores missing at sea as cyclone pummels Indian coast, killing at least 29

The Indian Navy mounted a massive air and sea rescue mission on Tuesday for 79 oil workers and crew whose barge sank in heavy seas following a powerful cyclone that tore up the west coast killing at least 29 people.
 
Around 182 of those on board the barge, which sank off the coast of Mumbai, were rescued from the huge waves, the navy said.
 
Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to batter the west coast in two decades, ripped out power pylons, trees and caused house collapses killing at least 29 people, authorities said.
 
It has piled pressure on Indian authorities as they grapple with a massive rise in coronavirus infections and deaths as well as a shortage of beds and oxygen in hospitals.
 
"This is one of the most challenging search and rescue operations I have seen in the last four decades," Murlidhar Sadashiv Pawar, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, told Reuters partner ANI on Tuesday.
 
Navy spokesman Vivek Madhwal said waves reached 20 to 25 feet amid poor visibility. Three more barges were adrift near the Gujarat coast but rescue operations were underway.
 
The storm made landfall in Gujarat state late on Monday and was expected to weaken overnight into Wednesday, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

Cyclone Tauktae: Heavy rains likely in Rajasthan

The cyclonic storm Tauktae could cause heavy rains in seven districts of Rajasthan on May 19, weather officials said on Tuesday.
 
The cyclone, expected to enter the state by late Tuesday night, will weaken by May 20, said Radhey Shyam Sharma, regional director of the meteorological department.
 
The seven districts likely to bear the brunt of it are Jalore, Sirohi, Udaipur, Pali, Dungarpur, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand in the southern part of the state.
Rainfall is also expected in parts of the Jaipur division, said Sharma.
 
The State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) has been deployed in the southern and the western districts to contain aftermaths of the cyclone, Additional DGP (Law and Order) Saurabh Srivastava said.
 
The SDRF and Rajasthan police have asked the range Inspector Generals of Police (IGs) of Jodhpur and Udaipur to keep a close eye on areas like Sirohi, Dungarpur, Jalore and Banswara.
 
“Because the cyclone is rapidly changing its course, we have also sent our teams near Pali,” Srivastava said.
 
Apart from southern Rajasthan, additional teams drawn from different units of Rajasthan police have been deployed in areas, which may get affected, he said.
Rescue teams are stationed in Raniwara, Bhinmal, and Mount Abu, he added.
 
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, several places in Rajasthan recorded rainfall triggered by Tauktae cyclone during the last 24 hours.
 

Adrift on out of control barge, crew faced harrowing time as cyclone raged

Crew members of the cargo barge GAL Constructor spent harrowing 72 hours in the Arabian sea before the vessel ran aground near Alibag, south of Mumbai, in the middle of cylconic storm Tauktae on Monday evening.
 
Luckily, all of them were rescued by the Indian Navy.
 
However, many on another barge, P-305 which was deployed to service ONGC's offshore operations closer to Mumbai were missing after they had to jump into choppy waters.
 
By Tuesday evening, 180 of its 261 crew members had been rescued, the Navy said.
 
Avinash Aadke, who was rescued from Gal Constructor, said the vessel was "out of control" for three days and help was being sought from the Coast Guard. But as the barge was anchored close to Alibag, the help was first redirected to other vessels.
 
"As our barge got damaged, they (the Navy) set aside everything else and came to our rescue," he said, speaking from a naval facility after landing in Mumbai.
 

Maharashtra, Gujarat CMs discuss impact of cyclone Tauktae

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani on Tuesday discussed the impact of cyclone Tauktae, which made landfall in the neighbouring state late in the night a day earlier.
 
On its way to Gujarat, the cyclone brought heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds in Mumbai and other coastal districts of Maharashtra, resulting in the death of seven persons and damage to property.
 
"This morning CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray spoke to Gujarat CM @vijayrupanibjp Ji. They discussed the impact of Cyclone Tauktae on Maharashtra and Gujarat," the CMO here tweeted.
 
The landfall process of the eye of the cyclone, which hit the Gujarat coast in Saurashtra region between Diu and Una, ended around midnight.

Tauktae tears up Gujarat coast; 13 dead, 16,000 houses damaged

As many as 13 people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae pummelled parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles, trees and damaging thousands of houses and roads, officials said on Tuesday.
 
In what was one of the worst cyclones faced by the state, Tauktae triggered heavy rains in many parts along its way from the Saurashtra coast to North Gujarat with as many as 46 talukas receiving over 100 mm of downpour, while 12 of them recorded 150 mm to 175 mm of rains.
 
Tauktae, characterised as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday, has now weakened into a "cyclonic storm" and will gradually become a "deep depression" as it moves northwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Even as Tauktae's intensity weakened, it left behind a trail of destruction with as many as 13 people losing their lives in different parts of Gujarat, including Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Patan, Amreli and Valsad, officials said.
 
Over 16,000 houses were damaged, more than 40,000 trees and over 70,000 electric poles uprooted, while 5,951 villages faced total power blackout due to the cyclonic storm in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.
 
In his media briefing, Rupani said officially the death toll due to the cyclone stood at 13.
 

Cyclonic Tauktae LIVE update

Cyclone Tauktae: 29 persons aboard three vessels rescued in Mumbai

At least 29 persons aboard three vessels which went adrift due to cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian sea were rescued jointly by the Mumbai Police, CISF and Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders near Angre jetty here on Tuesday, officials said.
 
All the three vessels- two of them fishing boats- went adrift in the sea after their anchors broke in the cyclone they said.
 
MV Saraswati and MV Kajal with 22 people on board went adrift near Mazagaon Dock Limited (MDL), an official said.
 
MV Saraswati is a shipping survey boat of the Central government, he said.
 
Both the boats- each with 11 people on board- were brought safely to the shore by officials of the police, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the MDL, he said.
 
Around 3.30 pm on Tuesday, seven members aboard another vessel MV Preetisagar were rescued in time, the official said, adding the boat was about to sink as its anchor was broken.
 
Officials of the Anti-Terrorism Cell (ATC) were present at the shore in Sewree in Mumbai during the rescue operation and nothing suspicious was reported, the official added. 

Debris of a compound wall which collapsed due to Cyclone Tauktae, at Vasant Vihar in Thane

 

Cyclonic Tauktae update: Light to moderate intensity rain expected in Delhi NCR

Cyclonic Tauktae update

Tauktae: 7 killed in Gujarat; 317 rescued from two barges

At least seven people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone 'Tauktae' battered parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction, while the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have so far rescued 317 people on board two barges that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, officials said on Tuesday.
 
Gujarat, where the cyclonic storm made a landfall on late Monday night before weakening, bore the brunt of the weather system which caused heavy rains, uprooted electric poles and trees, and damaged several houses and roads.

Light rains bring down mercury in Delhi; Squalls likely in NCR region on Wednesday

At least seven people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone 'Tauktae' battered parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction, while the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have so far rescued 317 people on board two barges that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, officials said on Tuesday.
 
Gujarat, where the cyclonic storm made a landfall on late Monday night before weakening, bore the brunt of the weather system which caused heavy rains, uprooted electric poles and trees, and damaged several houses and roads.
 
Tauktae crossed the Gujarat coast as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm" around midnight and gradually weakened into a "severe cyclonic storm," before further weakening to a "cyclonic storm" now, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Over 16,000 houses were damaged, and more than 40,000 trees and over 1,000 poles uprooted due to the cyclonic storm in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.
 

PM Modi to visit Gujarat, Diu to review situation after cyclone Tauktae

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu on Wednesday to personally review the situation there and the damage wrought by cyclone Tauktae, government sources said.
 
He will leave Delhi at around 9:30 AM and land at Bhavnagar from where he will proceed for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, they said.
Modi will also hold a review meeting at Ahmedabad.
 

Cyclone Tauktae: PM Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu tomorrow

Cyclone Tauktae brings record May rains, leaves trail of destruction in Maharashtra

With at least 11 dead, the fury of Cyclone Tauktae on Monday brought in record highest rains and unprecedented levels of destructions in the coastal districts of Maharashtra, officials said on Tuesday.
 
Relief & Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that at least 11 persons have been killed, including 3 in Mumbai, in various storm-related incidents and another 5 are reported missing from the coastal areas of the state comprising Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar which bore the brunt of the cyclone.
 
"There has been huge devastation of mango orchards, cashewnuts, coconuts and other plantations and we have asked the district authorities to immediately prepare 'panchnamas' for relief," he told media persons.

LIVE: Cyclone Tauktae to weaken into a deep depression in 3 hours, says IMD

LIVE: Cyclone Tauktae to weaken into a deep depression in three hours, says IMD

Cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 23 kmph during past six hours. It would further move north-northeastwards and weaken gradually into a deep depression during next three hours. Light to moderate rainfall occured at many places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over gujarat region and adjoining Saurashtra, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

After-effects of Cyclone Tauktae: IMD says Delhi-NCR, parts of north India to receive rains

As Cyclone Tauktae weakens further, its after-effects will bring moderate rains to several parts of north India, including Delhi-NCR, over the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.
 
Kuldeep Srivastava, Head of the Regional Meteorological Centre of the IMD, said Cyclone Tauktae has brought rains to southern Rajasthan as it approaches north India.
 
"Tomorrow, it will stretch from Rajasthan to Haryana. Due to this, east and west Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan, the Delhi-NCR region will witness moderate rain. There is a possibility of heavy rains in some parts of Delhi," Srivastava said.

Cyclone Tauktae: Navy, Coast Guard rescue 317 people from two barges

Battling extreme weather, the Indian Navy and Coast Guard have so far rescued 317 people on board two barges that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast, but 390 more remain stranded or missing from offshore facilities, an official said on Tuesday.
 
Three barges and an oil rig with 707 personnel on board had gone adrift on Monday. These included accommodation barge P305 with 273 persons, cargo barge GAL Constructor with 137 personnel on board, accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel on board and the Sagar Bhushan oil rig with 101 personnel on board, a Navy official said.
 
While all the 137 people on board the cargo barge GAL Constructor have been rescued, 180 of the 273 onboard P305 have been rescued so far, the official said.

Commuters try to wade through a flooded road after heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Tauktae in Ahmedabad


Incessant rains lash Ahmedabad as Cyclone Tauktae moves northward

Many areas of Ahmedabad city were inundated with knee-deep water following incessant downpour since afternoon as cyclone Tauktae passed northward along the district's periphery.
 
The city received a staggering 75.69 mm of rain between 6 am and 4 pm, said Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar. The rain intensified after 3 pm as forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), he said.

A latest IMD update said the cyclone, centred 105 km south-southwest of Ahmedabad, was moving towards Banaskantha district in the north. READ MORE...

Cyclone Tauktae effect: Covid-19 vaccination drive suspended, will resume on May 20: Gujarat CMO

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani briefing media on Cyclone Tauktae

Intra-circle roaming allowed in cyclone-hit districts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has allowed intra-circle roaming arrangement in cyclone Tauktae-hit districts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu for 24 hours, a senior government official said Tuesday.
 
The department has allowed intra-circle roaming (ICR), which allows telecom operators to use each others network, in Gujarat's Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Gir, Somnath, Junagadh, Valsad and Navsari in Gujarat, and also in districts of Daman and Diu, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, telecom secretary Anshu Prakash told PTI. READ MORE...

Cyclone Tauktae gradually weakening into a deep depression: IMD

Incessant rains lash Ahmedabad as cyclone moves northward

Many areas of Ahmedabad city were inundated with knee-deep water following incessant downpour since afternoon as cyclone Tauktae passed northward along the district's periphery.
 
The city received a staggering 75.69 mm of rain between 6 am and 4 pm, said Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar. The rain intensified after 3 pm as forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), he said.

Cyclone Tauktae: Navy, Coast Guard rescue 314 people from two barges

Battling extreme weather, the Indian Navy and Coast Guard have so far rescued 314 people on board two barges that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast, an official said on Tuesday.
 
Three barges and an oil rig with 611 personnel on board had gone adrift on Monday. These included accommodation barge P305 with 273 persons, cargo barge GAL Constructor with 137 personnel on board, accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel on board and the Sagar Bhushan oil rig with 101 personnel on board, a Navy official said.
 
While all the 137 people on board the cargo barge GAL Constructor have been rescued, 177 of the 273 onboard P305 have been rescued so far, the official said.

Cyclone Tauktae lays centered over peninsular region of Gujarat 'Saurashtra': IMD

Cyclone kills five in Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra

Five persons were killed in Thane and Palghar districts in various incidents related to cyclonic storm Tauktae, officials said on Tuesday. While two persons were killed in Vasai taluka, three others died in Thane district, they said.
 
The deceased included a 51-year-old auto-rickshaw driver who was killed after a tree fell on his vehicle in Valiv area of Palghar district on Monday, police said. Besides, a 40-year-old man died after being crushed by cement blocks that fell from the roof of a house due to high winds in Valiv area, they said. In Thane, a 75-year-old woman was killed after a tree collapsed on her house in Kashimira area due to heavy rains, police said.

Telcos working to restore telecom, internet services affected by Cyclone Tauktae

Telecom operators are working closely with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), infrastructure providers (IP) and local authorities to restore the disruption in telecom and internet services caused by Cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnakata, Goa and Daman and Diu.
 
"COAI and its members are working closely with Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Infrastructure Providers (IPs) and local state authorities to minimize the impact of Cyclone Tauktae on India's telecommunications network," said S.P. Kochhar, Director General of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
 
In a statement, he said that the telcos are taking every possible step to mitigate Cyclone Tauktae's impact on the people in the affected states.

All 137 crew rescued from barge Gal Constructor. No individual left: Indian Coast Guard

Cyclone Tauktae impact: Three dead, 10 injured in Mumbai

Cyclonic storm Tauktae claimed three lives and left 10 others injured in Mumbai over the last 24 hours when it passed close to the city coast, civic officials said on Tuesday. The sea here has been very rough due to the impact of the cyclone and the huge tidal waves on Monday dumped tonnes of garbage at chowpatties, Marine Drive and the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai, they said.
 
Videos of huge tidal waves lashing the Gateway of Mumbai area went viral on social media platforms where people also shared images of the trail of destruction left by the cyclonic storm at some of the prominent monuments.
 
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said due to the precautions taken by the city civic body, the jumbo COVID-19 facility set up at the Bandra-Kurla Complex did not suffer many major damage, except that its cover was torn at some places and some iron sheets were blown away.

Massive rescue operations after cyclone sinks barge, leaves oil rig adrift

Navy vessels, tug boats and rescue ships were pressed into service on Monday to evacuate over 500 people stuck on an oil rig and barges in the high sea off the Mumbai coast after a cyclone ripped through it. The cyclone sank a barge that had living quarters for employees working offshore, while two other construction barges lost anchors and drifted away.
 
The three barges, which were deployed by Afcons for a contract the company had got from ONGC, had 599 workers on board when the cyclone hit. Besides the barges, one drilling rig of ONGC, 'Sagar Bhushan', with 101 people on board (37 ONGC employees and 64 contractual workers), too drifted away from its location.

Cyclone Tauktae: ICG helps mooring two oil tanker ships that went adrift off Mumbai coast

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Tuesday helped mooring two oil tanker shops that went adrift near Mumbai coast amid bad weather due to cyclone Tauktae, an official statement said.
 
The IMD has forecast moderate to intense spells of rain in Mumbai city and suburbs over the next few hours on Tuesday in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae, the city civic body said. In a tweet, the ICG said: "Risk of major oil spill averted. MTDeshbhakt and OSV Greatship Aditi engaged in SPM (single point mooring) operation at Mumbai got adrift due bad weather."
 
"MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) Mumbai coordinated with both ships. Propulsion restored and total 45 crew onboard both vessels are safe," it added.

Cyclone Tauktae: Wall, footpath near Gateway of India damaged in in Mumbai

Cyclonic storm Tauktae damaged a sea-facing safety wall and iron gates near the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai and some jetty stones in the vicinity also got dislodged due to its impact, civic officials said on Tuesday.
 
The main structure of the historic monument did not suffer any damage, but a portion of the footpath near it caved-in, they said. Huge tidal waves in the Arabian Sea threw heaps of garbage at the monument, which is a major tourist attraction, as the cyclonic storm passed close to the Mumbai coast on Monday, they said.

Cyclone Tauktae will weaken gradually in next six hours: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani monitors situation from emergency ops centre

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani remained stationed at the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) for a considerable time during the last 24 hours as cyclone Tauktae was moving fast towards the state, an official release said on Tuesday.
 
When the landfall process of the cyclone began on the Gujarat coast around 9 pm on Monday, Rupani reached the SEOC, a central control room in Gandhinagar, to take stock of the situation and guide the administration, it said.
 
He stayed at the control room till Monday midnight and held telephonic conversations and virtual meetings with collectors and field officers of affected districts, as per the release.

DoT permits intra-circle roaming in cyclone-hit districts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has allowed intra-circle roaming arrangement in cyclone Tauktae-hit districts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu for 24 hours, a senior government official said Tuesday.
 
The department has allowed intra-circle roaming (ICR), which allows telecom operators to use each others network, in Gujarat's Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Gir, Somnath, Junagadh, Valsad and Navsari in Gujarat, and also in districts of Daman and Diu, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, telecom secretary Anshu Prakash told PTI.
 
"We have allowed ICR in districts where more than 10 per cent telecom networks have been damaged from the cyclone," Prakash said.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Two stranded employees of Light House Authority rescued

After 'Nisarga' in 2020, cyclone 'Tauktae' batters Raigad again

Raigad district in Maharashtra bore the brunt of nature's fury for the second year in a row when cyclonic storm Tauktae passed close to the Konkan coast, killing four persons in separate incidents and damaging many houses, officials said on Tuesday.
 
Last June, severe cyclonic storm Nisarga had caused widescale damage in this coastal district, located about 100 km away from Mumbai. The four fatalities on Monday occurred in the incidents of falling of a tree and collapse of a wall in Uran and Roha. Altogether, 8,383 people from 2,299 families were shifted to safer places in Raigad district till Monday night, officials said.

One of the most challenging search and rescue operations in the last four decades: Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: The worst situation is over, says NDRF Chief

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Power supply to be restored in entire Goa by May 19

The electricity supply in Goa snapped due to the cyclonic storm Tauktae will be restored by Wednesday, the state electricity department said on Tuesday. Most areas in Goa plunged into darkness on Sunday after high-speed winds coupled with rains uprooted transmission cables, poles and trees.
 
"We have managed to restore 80 per cent of the snapped electricity supply in Goa. Rest 20 per cent supply would be restored by tomorrow (Wednesday) morning," a senior official said.
 
He said the restoration work is going on in the state round-the-clock.

Cyclone Tauktae snaps power of 18.43 lakh consumers in two coastal districts

Cyclonic storm 'Tauktae', which hit the Gujarat coast in Saurashtra region between Diu and Una on Monday night after passing close to the Konkan coast in Maharashtra, disrupted the power supply of 18.43 lakh consumers in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, an official release said on Tuesday.
 
Supply of 52 per cent of these consumers from 3,665 villages in these two districts has been restored while efforts are on on a war footing to restore electricity in the rest of the areas, it said.
 
Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said 13,172 staffers are working tirelessly to restore the supply of the remaining consumers, the statement said.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Amit Shah speaks to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan CMs

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday spoke to the chief ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan and took stock of the situation in their states after the landfall of Cyclone Tauktae, official sources said.
 
They said the minister talked to the CMs over the telephone and extended support of the Union government in aiding and mitigating challenges that arose in the aftermath of the 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' battering the costal areas on the country's western shore along the Arabian Sea.
 
Home Ministry officials said Shah spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Three dead in Gujarat even as cyclone Tauktae weakens

At least three people have died following the devastation caused by the severe cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the administration is fully functional in carrying out the search and rescue operations. The severe cyclone is expected to continue its northward journey in the state till Tuesday evening.
 
"We have confirmed cases of three deaths since last night in Gujarat due to the devastation caused by Tauktae. A 3-year-old child died buried under recently constructed wall. An 80-year-old lady died in Gariyadhar Tehsil and one more death was reported in Vapi," the Chief Minister told the media.

Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai now open to commute: BMC

Tauktae will convert into cyclonic storm in 1 hour

Latest update

Watch: Narrow escape for woman in Mumbai

Gujarat CM Rupani holds meeting to review situation

At least three people have lost their lives due to Cyclone Tauktae, said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday. Rupani held a high-level review meeting on cyclone situation and rainfall conditions in the state, especially in the 14 coastal districts. "Three people have lost their lives due to cyclone Tauktae. Around 40,000 trees have fallen and 16,500 huts have affected in the state due to the cyclone," said the Chief Minister. Currently, the severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is hovering over Saurashtra in Gujarat.

Rescue operation underway: Indian Coast Guard

Tauktae to weaken in next three hours: IMD

Severe cyclonic storm Tauktae that is hovering over Saurashtra in Gujarat would move north-northeastwards and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during next three hours, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday. "Severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' lay centered at 08:30 hrs IST of May 18 over Saurashtra, about 130 kilometers south-southwest of Surendranagar and 10 kilometers east of Amreli. It would move north-northeastwards and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during the next three hours," IMD tweeted.

Cyclone weakened into a cyclonic storm level: NDRF

The cyclone weakened into a cyclonic storm level & probably in another couple of hours it will become a cyclonic system which is a much lower category & by the time it reaches Gujarat coast in the late evening, it would have become a depression: NDRF Chief SN Pradhan (ANI)

No deaths in Gujarat: NDRF

Navy rescues 177 from barge

Battling extreme weather, the Indian Navy has so far rescued 177 people on board a barge that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast, an official said on Tuesday. Navy ships were deployed on Monday after receipt of a request for assistance for barge 'P305' adrift off Heera oil fields in Bombay high area with 273 personnel on board. The oil fields are around 70 km southwest of Mumbai. (PTI)

Mumbai records highest ever 24-hour rain in May

Mumbai received 230 mm rainfall due to the cyclonic storm Tauktae, with a weather expert claiming it to be the highest 24-hour downpour in May in the recorded history. According to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) Mumbai centre, the Santacruz observatory (representative of suburbs) recorded 230.3 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Tuesday. Besides, the Colaba observatory (representative of south Mumbai) recorded 207.6 mm rain during the same period. As per the IMD's calculations, rainfall above 204.5 mm is considered as extremely heavy.

Navy ships rescue 146 from barge; aerial search on

The Indian Navy has rescued 146 people on board a barge that went adrift in the Arabia Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast, an official said on Tuesday. The Navy on Tuesday morning also deployed the P-8I long-range, multimission maritime patrol aircraft to join the search and rescue operations, the official said. (PTI)

Rescue Video

Rescue Operation

SBI General Insurance sets up task force

Non-life insurer SBI General Insurance Company Ltd activating its standard operating process has set up a task force to manage queries relating to claims due to cyclone Tauktae in Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra. According to SBI General, the task force will manage cyclone damage related queries and claims on fast track mode. (IANS)

IMD update

Cyclone Impact

Shah speaks to CMs

Intense rain likely in Mumbai

The IMD has forecast moderate to intense spells of rain in Mumbai city and suburbs over the next few hours on Tuesday in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae, the city civic body said. Along with the rain, the city could witness gusty winds with speed reaching up to 80-90 kmph, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said quoting the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast issued at 7 am. According to officials, two people were killed in neighbouring Palghar and one person died in Thane in separate incidents related to the severe cyclonic storm.

It's raining in Surat

Indian Army Update

Six Army rescue and relief teams activated for rescue and relief operations in Diu. Six additional Army teams have been staged forward to Junagarh to deal with aftereffects of cyclone at other cyclone-hit places like Botad, Amreli & Bhavnagar. (ANI)

Indian Navy update

INS Talwar is proceeding to render assistance to another oil rig Sagar Bhushan with 101 personnel onboard and an accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel onboard, both of which are adrift and presently located about 50 NM South East of Pipavav Port. These ongoing rescue efforts have been augmented Tuesday morning by an Indian Naval P8I surveillance aircraft. Helicopters of Indian Navy will also be deployed for SAR based on weather conditions. The SAR efforts will continue through the day with more naval assets ready to augment the ongoing SAR.

Indian Navy update

The SAR operations continued throughout the night and a total of 146 persons from Barge P305 have been rescued till 0600h on 18 May, 111 by INS Kochi and INS Kolkata, 17 by Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) Greatship Ahilya and 18 by OSV Ocean Energy whilst operating in extremely challenging sea conditions. The barge 'Gal Constructor' with 137 persons onboard has run aground about 48 NM North of Colaba Point. An Emergency Towing Vessel 'Water Lily', two support vessels and CGS Samrat are in vicinity for rendering assistance and evacuation of crew.

Cyclone Tauktae leaves behind trail of destruction in Gujarat; 4 dead

Four people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae pounded parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the western coast, officials said on Tuesday. The landfall process of the eye of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, which hit the Gujarat coast in Saurashtra region between Diu and Una, ended around midnight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It crossed the Gujarat coast as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm" and gradually weakened. On Tuesday morning, it lay over the Saurashtra region near Amreli as a "very severe cyclonic storm," the IMD said. Even as the cyclonic intensity weakened, it left behind a trail of destruction, with at least four people losing their lives- one each in Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Patan and Valsad, officials said.

ONGC on Cyclone

Due to severe cyclonic storm, unfortunate incidences have occurred involving three construction barges of Afcons working on a project of ONGC in Western Offshore fields in the Arabian Sea and one drilling rig of ONGC deployed for exploration purpose: ONGC

ONGC on Cyclone

ONGC is taking all possible measures in coordination with ODAG (Offshore Defence Advisory Group) and MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre) to ensure the safety of personnel and vessels: ONGC. (ANI)

ONGC on Cyclone

At least 148 people have been rescued so far. Rescue operations are still on: ONGC

Navy rescues 132 people

The Navy has rescued 132 people on board a barge that went adrift in the Arabia Sea near Mumbai hours before Tauttake made landfall in Gujarat, PTI reported quoting an official. The Navy had deployed three of its frontline warships after receiving messages to rescue 410 people on board two barges off the Mumbai coast on Monday.

Tauktae weakens after landfall in Gujarat: IMD

Tauktae's landfall ended around 12 am on Tuesday after it hit the Gujarat coast in Saurashtra between Diu and Una around 9 pm, said the India Meteorological Department. There is no report of any casualty, PTI reported quoting unnamed government officials. Gujarat shifted more than two lakh people before the cyclone.

Cyclone hits Una city in Gujarat

Tauktae weakens into 'very severe cyclonic storm' after hitting Gujarat

The landfall process of the eye of extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, which had hit Gujarat coast in Saurashtra between Diu and Una around 9 pm, ended around 12 am on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department said.
 
There is no report of any casualty so far, officials said. The state government had shifted over two lakh people to safer locations before the cyclone.
 
 
In a relief to the people, the IMD, in its tweet after midnight, also announced that Cyclone Tauktae has weakened into a "very severe cyclonic storm" from the "extremely severe cyclonic storm".
 
"The entire eye of the cyclone has now crossed the coast and lies over land. The rear sector of the eye is now entering the land" the IMD tweeted.
 
The place above which the eye of a cyclone crosses is designated as the place of landfall.
 
The process of landfall in Gujarat started on Monday around 9 pm with the entry of the "forward sector of the eye of the cyclone Tauktae" into the land near the Union Territory of Daman and Diu with a wind speed of around 150 to 175 kilometers per hour, IMD officials in Gujarat said. Read more

Tauktae LIVE update: Cyclone continues to show weakening trend

Tauktae LIVE update: Cyclone crosses Saurashtra coast

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE update

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE update

NDRF team clears the road of fallen trees and branches in Dahisar area of Mumba

Cyclone impacts power supply to 23 lakh consumers in Maharashtra

Electric supply to over 23 lakh consumers in western Maharashtra was impacted because of the Tauktae cyclonic storm on Monday, the state discom said.
 
Supply to over 56 per cent of the consumers in Palghar, Thane, Kolhapur, Pune, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad districts was restored by 2100 hrs, an official said.
 
Nearly three-fourths of 184 hospitals that reported an impact on electric supply had their power restored by evening, as per the data. Eight of the ten oxygen plants which reported an impact were back to normal.
 
Among the residential consumer connections, 23.79 lakh reported an impact and 13.24 lakh had their connections restored, the data said.
 
The passage of the cyclone in the Arabian Sea had resulted in gusty winds along with rains in western Maharashtra, especially the coastal areas, which led to the snapping of cables, forcing shutting down of supply as a precaution.
 
However, the data excludes large parts of the financial capital which is served by other power utilities.
 

Cyclone Tauktae: Gujarat's coastal areas plunge into darkness

Towns and villages plunged into darkness due to power outages and several trees and electric poles were uprooted in areas near Gujarat's coast as cyclone 'Tauktae' began making a landfall on Monday night, bringing along with it very strong winds and heavy rainfall.
 
Authorities snapped power supply in many areas of the worst affected coastal districts of Gir Somnath, Amreli, Junagadh, and Bhavnagar among others in advance as a precautionary measure, while in other areas, blackout was caused as soon as the cyclone started making a landfall.
 
There were no immediate reports of casualties though the cyclone battered the coastal districts.
 
The very severe cyclonic storm began making landfall on Gujarat's Saurashtra coast near Diu on Monday night.
 
"The landfall process of extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae has started as forward sector of eye of the storm is entering the Saurashtra coast to the east of Diu," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Several electricity poles fell due to the strong winds. In Talala in Gir Somnath district, a mobile tower crashed, officials said.
 

Winds, rain partially damage 190 structures in Pune

Gusty winds coupled with rains caused by very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae led to collpase of roofs of houses and uprooting of utility poles in Pune district of Maharashtra on Monday, officials said.
 

Three people sustained minor injuries, they said.

Heavy showers, strong winds lash Mumbai as cyclone Tauktae passes coast

Gusty winds and heavy showers lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Monday as the "very severe cyclonic storm" Tauktae headed towards Gujarat, uprooting trees and disrupting local train services in the metropolis, officials said.


Several parts of Mumbai and neighbouring areas witnessed heavy downpour coupled with high speed winds.
 

The civic body said its automatic weather stations recorded an average 105.44 mm rainfall in the island city till5 pm, while the eastern and western suburbs recorded 61.13 mm and 114.78 mm rainfall, respectively.

Indian Coast Guard Ship Samarth rescued 15 fishermen off Goa coast and towed the boat Milad to safety.



Seven rain-related deaths in Kerala since May 12, over 5,200 people in relief camps

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that seven rain-related deaths have been reported in the state since May 12 and 5,235 people are in relief camps due to the impact of cyclone Tauktae.
 

"As on 3 pm on Monday, there are 5,235 persons from 1,479 families in 175 disaster relief camps across the state that were started in the wake of the cyclone," Vijayan told media personnel here.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE update

Gujarat evacuates over 200,000 people as cyclone Tauktae hits

More than 200,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the Indian state of Gujarat and authorities shut ports and major airports as the most powerful cyclone in more than two decades made landfall in the state late on Monday.
 
Rain intensified and several incidents of power outages were reported in the state. Electricity pylons and trees were uprooted and buildings were damaged in coastal areas of Gujarat, state authorities said.
 
With the worst of the storm expected to last for several hours after it slammed into the state's coast, it piles more pressure on Indian authorities already struggling with a huge caseload of Covid-19 infections.
 
"This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record Covid infections and deaths. Many families are barely staying afloat," said Udaya Regmi, South Asia head of delegation, International Federation of Red Cross.
 
The cyclone has already killed at least 16 people and left a trail of destruction as it brushed past the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, the authorities said.
 
"The landfall process has started, and it is expected to last for four hours. The intensity of the Cyclone Tauktae will go down once it is over,” Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said in a social media address on late Monday evening.
 
State revenue secretary Pankaj Kumar told Reuters it would be the most severe cyclone to hit Gujarat in at least 20 years.
 
A 1998 cyclone killed at least 4,000 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in Gujarat.
 

Mumbai airport resumes flight operations after 11-hr hiatus due to Tauktae

Flight operations at Mumbai airport resumed on Monday night after being suspended for 11 hours due to the cyclone Tauktae.
 
More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at the city's till around 7.30 pm due to the closure.
 
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport had announced suspension of all air services, initially for three hours from 11 am on Monday due to the cyclone. This was later extended eventually to 10 pm in different phases.
 
"Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has resumed operations with effect from 2200 hours of May 17," the private airport operator said in a statement.
 
The airport operator said it has registered the cancellations of 34 arrivals and 22 departures, adding that a few airlines have decided to cancel services to Mumbai.
 
CSMIA, however, did not provide specific details.
 
Mumbai airport, which is the second busiest aerodrome in the country, is reportedly handling around 250 flights in a day due to low passenger demand amid the deadly and more virulent second wave of the pandemic.
 

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE update: Landfall process continues

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE update

Diu reported 133kmph wind speed at 9.30 pm, says IMD

Indian Navy deploys 3 warships to rescue over 400 people onboard 2 barges adrift off Mumbai

The Indian Navy on Monday deployed three of its frontline warships to rescue over 400 people onboard two barges off the Mumbai coast as cyclone Tauktae roared up the western coast.
 
Navy officials said 38 people out of 137 onboard 'GAL Constructor' were rescued under extreme weather conditions and very rough seas.
 
The ships deployed to extend assistance to the two barges are INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Talwar, Navy officials said.
 
"On receipt of a request for assistance for a barge 'P305' adrift off Heera oil fields in Bombay high area with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly sailed with a despatch for search and rescue assistance," Indian Navy spokesperson Commander Vivek Madhwal said.
 
He said INS Talwar has also been deployed for the search and rescue operation.
 
"In response to another SOS received from barge 'GAL Constructor' with 137 people onboard about 8NM from Mumbai, INS Kolkata has been sailed with despatch to render assistance," Commander Madhwal said.
 
He said several other ships and aircraft have also been readied for HARD (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief) operations in the wake of cyclone Tauktae.
 

Cyclone Tauktae: NDRF at work

Cyclone Tauktae update

Over 55 flights cancelled at Mumbai airport due to Tauktae cyclone

More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Monday after the private airport operator was forced to suspend all air services at 11 am due to cyclone 'Tauktae'.
 
These cancellations apart, some seven incoming flights were also diverted to various airports.
 
The CSMIA for the fourth time in the day extended the closure of operations till 10 pm after first announcing that the airport will remain closed for three hours, starting 11 am.
 
With the announcement of the cyclone alert, Mumbai Airport has closed all flight operations with effect from 11 am till 10 pm on May 17, the CSMIA said in a late evening statement.
 
The airport operator said it has registered the cancellations of 34 arrivals and 22 departures, it said, adding that a few airlines have decided to cancel services to Mumbai.
 
CSMIA, however, did not provide specific details.
 
Mumbai airport, which is the second busiest aerodrome in the country, is reportedly handling around 250 flights in a day due to low passenger demand amid the deadly and more virulent second wave of the pandemic.
 
Pre-pandemic, the airport was handling close to 1,000 aircraft movements per day.
 
The airport has also so far witnessed seven diversions, it added.
 
Winds blew at 114 kmph in Mumbai on Monday afternoon as the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae was passing through the Mumbai coast barrelling towards Gujarat, officials said.
 
Passengers are advised to connect with their respective airlines before leaving their homes. More updates will follow, the airport operator said.

Tauktae: Landfall process starts at Gujarat coast, 6 dead in Maharashtra

A very severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour began making landfall on the Gujarat coast Monday night, after dumping heavy rains on Mumbai, forcing the evacuation of over 1.5 lakh people in Gujarat and leaving two barges with 410 people on board adrift in the Arabian Sea.
 
Tropical storm 'Tauktae' (pronounced as Tau'Te) which had intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, lies close to the Gujarat coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. "The landfall process has started and will continue during next two hours," the IMD said. Read more

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar visits the Gateway of India in the view the formation of Cyclone Tauktae, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)

Seven killed in rain-related incidents since May 12 in Kerala: CM

Seven rain-related deaths have been reported in Kerala since May 12, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday.
 
The state isgetting over the damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae, he told reporters here.
 
As of 3 pm today, there are 5,235 persons from 1,479 families in 175 disaster relief camps in the state that were started in the wake of the cyclone, he said.
 
"Of these, 2,034 were men, 2,191 were women and 1,010 were children.The highest number of 1,427 persons is in Ernakulam district followed by 1,180 in Thiruvananthapuram," he said.
 
Giving the break up of those dead, Vijayan said two each were killed in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode districts, and one each in Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts.
 
He said 310.3 km of roads were damaged in the heavy rains along with 34 anganwadis, 10 schools and 11 primary health centres, while 1,464 houses were partially damaged and 68 completely damaged, the chief minister said.
 

Evacuated thousands in Gujarat, Kerala, Daman and Diu in view of Tauktae: NDRF

The NDRF on Monday said it has evacuated thousands of stranded people in the last three days in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu in view of Cyclone Tauktae.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Tauktae has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm". It is likely to reach the Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm.
 
"Teams are continuously cutting and clearing heavy trees and electric poles that have been uprooted and crashed on roads. Extensive efforts are being made to bring the situation to normal in the affected states." "In the last three days, the force has evacuated thousands of stranded people to safer places in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu and it is assisting district administration in mass evacuation of the people from the coast line," an NDRF spokesperson said.
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has earmarked a total of 101 teams, with 47 personnel in each, for undertaking relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of the cyclone in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
 
Twenty-two teams out of these have been kept as reserve at various NDRF bases in the country and can be airlifted at a short notice, a senior officer said.

An IAF plane deployed to carry NDRF personnel and tonnes load to Ahmedabad as part of preparations for Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae: It will take another 03 hours to complete the landfall process, says IMD

Landfall process is continuing; it will take another 03 hours to complete the landfall process: IMD

Light intensity rain expected in few areas of UP, Rajasthan in the next 2 hours: IMD

The landfall process started and will continue during next 02 hours: IMD

Earlier visuals from Veraval - Somnath in Gujarat as the sea turned rough in wake of Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Landfall process has begun in Gujarat, says IMD

A very severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour began making landfall on the Gujarat coast Monday night, after dumping heavy rains on Mumbai, forcing the evacuation of over 1.5 lakh people in Gujarat and leaving two barges with 410 people on board adrift in the Arabian Sea.
 
Tropical storm 'Tauktae' (pronounced as Tau'Te) which had intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, lies close to the Gujarat coast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. "The landfall process has started and will continue during next two hours," the IMD said.
 
Six persons were killed in Maharashtra's Konkan region in separate incidents related to the severe cyclonic storm and three sailors remained missing after two boats sank in the sea, officials said.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Ahmedabad airport shut for nine hours

With Cyclone Tauktae likely to hit Gujarat in about an hour, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad shut all its operations for nine hours from 7.30 p.m. on Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
 
Cyclone Tauktae, gathering momentum and approaching Gujarat, is right now about to touch and is only 70-80 kilometres away from the southern most tip of Saurashtra peninsula, Diu. Within an hour it is likely to hit the state.
 
Looking at the possible damage that is feared due to the cyclone, the authorities at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport decided to shut down its functioning from 7.30 p.m. The decision was communicated through the official Twitter handle of the airport.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updates: Major Gujarat airports shut

As cyclone Tauktae continued its relentless march towards the coast of Gujarat, where it is expected to make a landfall by Monday night, major airports in the state shutdown operations till Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
 
Barring the Rajkot airport, which will remain shut for flights till May 19, other three major airports - Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara - will remain closed for both domestic and international flights till Tuesday, officials said. The Ahmedabad airport, which suspended its operations on Monday evening, will resume flights after 5 am on Tuesday.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani takes stock of situation with the state collectors

Cyclone Tauktae lies close to Gujarat coast, landfall process started: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: 121 villages affected in Karnataka, eight dead

Eight people have lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding malnad districts of Karnataka, officials said on Monday.
 
According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this evening, 121 villages in seven districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Belagavi have been affected by the cyclone.
 
Among the 121 villages affected, a maximum of 48 are from Uttara Kannada district. Among the eight deaths reported, two each are from Dakshina Kannada and Belagavi, and one each from Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga.

Cyclone Tauktae likely to cross Gujarat coast with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph: IMD

Cyclone Tauktae may cross Gujarat coast between 8 pm-11 pm on Monday

Tropical storm 'Tauktae', which has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, is likely to move North-North Westwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhahvnagar district) east of Diu during the night on Monday with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, according to the Ministry of Earth Science.
 
Over 1.5 lakh people have been shifted from low-lying coastal areas in Gujarat, while 54 teams of the NDRF and SDRF remained deployed.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray assesses damage caused by cyclone Tauktae

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday assessed the damage caused by cyclonic storm Tauktae in Mumbai and other districts in Konkan and asked officials to remain alert in view of the rainfall and gusty winds in the coastal region, where six persons died.
 
Under the influence of the extremely severe cyclonic storm, Mumbai and its adjoining districts were lashed by heavy rains and high-speed winds during the day.
 
According to an official statement, six persons died, while nine others received injuries in storm-related incidents in the coastal region. Three persons died in Raigad district, while Thane and Sindhudurg districts reported two and one deaths, respectively.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: High-speed winds uproot trees, power poles in Thane

High-speed winds uprooted many trees and electricity poles, partially damaged two buildings besides many houses and in Thane and Palghar districts neighbouring Mumbai on Monday as the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae was barrelling towards Gujarat, officials said.
 
Hoardings fell on the ground at many places. In Kalyan, two persons travelling on a two-wheeler were injured after a huge hoarding fell on them. A water tank on the terrace of a hospital broke and fell in the afternoon. Also, a power supply line broke and fell on road in Bazarpeth area.

Cyclone Tauktae likely to cross Gujarat coast with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph

Cyclone Tauktae likely to move North-North Westwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Mahuva (Bhahvnagar district) east of Diu during the night (2000- 2300 IST) of 17th may with maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, says Ministry of Earth Science.
 

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Made dual power backup arrangements in Covid-19 hospital, says Official

180 Indian Army teams ready to assist states in areas impacted by Cyclone Tauktae

The Indian Army on Monday deployed 180 teams to assist the civil administration in relief and restoration efforts in areas impacted by Cyclone Tauktae.
 
In anticipation of assisting civil administration in undertaking rescue and relief operations due to severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae', the Indian Army has mobilised columns and Engineer Task Forces (ETF) to the Western Coast from various parts of the Country.
 
A total 180 teams -- three teams in each column -- and nine Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) spread over the geographical area are on standby at short notice factoring in all possible contingencies and Covid situation.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Strong winds at 114 kmph strike Mumbai

Winds blew at 114 kmph in Mumbai on Monday afternoon as the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae was passing close to the Mumbai coast barrelling towards Gujarat, civic officials said.
 
However, as per the Mumbai IMD, the highest wind speed of 108 km per hour was recorded at the Colaba observatory in the afternoon, said Shubhangi Bhute, senior director, IMD Mumbai.
 
Earlier in the day, the civic body said the wind speed of 114 kmph, the highest during the day, was recorded around 2 pm at its automatic weather station located at Afghan Church in south Mumbai's Colaba area.

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Mumbai Airport operations closure extended up to 10 pm: MIAL

Cyclone Tauktae: Rajnath asks three services to provide all assistance to civil administrations

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday directed the three services to provide all possible assistance to the civil administrations in the coastal states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in tackling the situation arising out of cyclone Tauktae.
 
Singh issued the instruction after reviewing the preparedness of the armed forces to deal with the fallout of the cyclone.
 
"The defence minister directed the three services to provide all possible assistance to the civil administration to deal with the emerging situation," the defence ministry said.

Police deployed at the sea coast ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Tauktae, near the coastline in Veraval


LIVE: Army on standby as Cyclone Tauktae may hit Gujarat coast in evening

Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Army puts 180 teams and 9 engineer task forces on standby

The Indian Army said on Monday it has put 180 teams and nine engineer task forces on standby to face any contingency as Cyclone Tauktae is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Monday evening.
 
"Sector commanders and Divisional HQ (headquarter) are in touch with District Collectors and the Revenue Commissioner who is the nodal agency for relief activities in Gujarat," the Army said in a statement.
 
The Army said it has identified likely areas -- talukas as well as districts -- where the impact could be higher and it has geared up its columns to react immediately.

Cyclone Tauktae: Trees uprooted, streets waterlogged in different parts of Mumbai due to heavy rain and wind

Cyclone Tauktae effect: Orange, yellow rain alerts for Madhya Pradesh districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an orange or "be prepared" alert for heavy rains in 13 districts in Madhya Pradesh even as the state received intermittent showers during the day due to cyclone Tauktae, a PTI report said The IMD also issued a yellow alert for thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds at speeds of 40 50 kilometres per hour in isolated places of nine divisions till Tuesday morning.
 
The orange alert is for 13 districts, including Narsinghpur, Alirajpurand and Mandsaur, while the yellow alert has been issued for Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Jabalpur divisions among others.

Cyclone Tauktae barrels towards Gujarat coast; two barges adrift

A very severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour was barreling towards the Gujarat coast Monday, dumping heavy rains on Mumbai, forcing the evacuation of over 1.5 lakh people in Gujarat and leaving two barges with 410 people on board adrift in the Arabian Sea.
 
Tropical storm 'Tauktae' which has intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm was packing wind speeds of about 20 kmph and is expected to reach Gujarat coast by the evening and cross it between 8 pm and 11 pm, the IMD said.

Cyclone Tauktae: 121 villages affected in Karnataka, six dead

Six people have lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding Malnad districts of Karnataka, officials said on Monday.
 
According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this morning, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone so far. A total of 547 people have been evacuated till now, it said, 290 people are currently taking shelter in the 13 relief camps that have been opened.

Mumbai airport to remain shut till 8 pm due to cyclone alert

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has extended the suspension of all air services to 8 pm from 6 pm announced earlier due to the cyclone 'Tauktae'. This is the third time in the day, the private airport operator has extended the closure of operations after first announcing it for three hours, starting 11 am.
 
"The closure of the flight operations at CSMIA has been extended further till 2000 hours of May 17," the private airport operator said in the updated statement.
 
Mumbai airport, which is the second busiest aerodrome in the country, is reportedly operating around 250 flights in a day due to low passenger demand amid the deadly and more virulent second wave of the pandemic.

Cyclone Tauktae: Railways puts its emergency response teams, vehicles on high alert

The railways on Monday said its emergency response teams and vehicles are on high alert in view of Cyclone Tauktae intensifying into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm".
 
The cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea led to very strong winds blowing at a speed of 114 kmph in Mumbai Monday afternoon, civic officials said.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Cyclone Tauktae has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm", and is likely to reach Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm.

Cyclone Tauktae: Aditya Thackeray visited BMC's Disaster Management Control Room to take a stock of situation


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