- Cyclone ‘Taukate’ strengthened after hitting the coastline in Karnataka
- Cyclone growing at full speed towards Gujarat, preparations for NDRF completed
- Important orders given by PM Narendra Modi in high level meeting, big leaders are present
The cyclonic storm has ‘strengthened’ and is moving towards Gujarat coast and Union Territories of Daman-Diu and Dadra-Nagar Haveli coast. The storm is expected to turn into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ by late Saturday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that it is likely to move north-northwest and cross the
The IMD said that on 17 May, strong winds and heavy rains will occur at some places in North Konkan including Mumbai. Senior Director (Weather) IMD, Mumbai Shubhani Bhute said that rain is expected in the capital of Maharashtra from Sunday afternoon. He said the storm is currently 250 km southwest of Goa. “Goa along with Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra will be mostly affected by rain and strong winds,” Bhutte said. He said the wind speed would be around 60 to 70 kmph. He said that IMD has issued an ‘Orange Alert’, which means that the entire Konkan and western Maharashtra hill areas, mainly Kolhapur and Satara are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday.
PM Modi gave the necessary orders, big leaders were present in the meeting
On the other hand, in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an important meeting on Saturday to take stock of the preparedness of states, central ministries and agencies to deal with the cyclone ‘talk’. The Prime Minister instructed them to take people to safe places and ensure the management of essential services like electricity, telecom, health, drinking water. The Prime Minister stressed the need for special preparations for covid management, vaccination, lack of electricity in hospitals in places where the cyclone is likely to be affected, and measures for storage of essential medicines. In this high level meeting, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Civil Aviation, Communications, Secretary to the Ministries of Shipping, Top Officers of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Chairman of Railway Board and Prime Minister. Top officials of the Office and Ministry of Home Affairs participated.
NDRF teams reached Gujarat
A NDRF spokesperson said that teams of the National Disaster Response Force are stationed in Gir Somnath, Amreli, Porbandar, Dwarka, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Kutch, Morbi, Surat, Gandhinagar, Valsad, Bhavnagar, Navsari, Bharuch and Junagadh districts of Gujarat. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters in Banaskantha district, ‘The state government has made complete preparations and a control room has been set up. District administrations have been alerted in Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions which are likely to be affected by the cyclone. NDRF teams are reaching the state.
Heavy rainfall will occur in Saurashtra and Kutch
The Union Home Ministry said in a consultation issued to the Gujarat government that the ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ is likely to damage pallet homes, roads, electricity and communication lines. Especially in Saurashtra region districts like Devbhumi Dwarka, Kutch, Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Amreli, Rajkot and Morbi districts. He said that on May 17, there will be light to moderate rainfall in many places in the coastal districts of Saurashtra and very heavy rainfall in some places in Saurashtra and Kutch and very heavy rainfall is likely in some places in Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts.
Waves can rise up to three meters
“From the morning of May 17, the sea will be very turbulent in areas along the northwest Arabian Sea and along the south Gujarat coast,” the advisory states. It states, ‘The coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar districts are submerged by two to three meters high sea wave and submerged by 1-2 meters wave in Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar and The remaining coastal districts of Gujarat are expected to be submerged by 0.5-1 meter wave.
Maharashtra CM gave instructions to remain alert
On 17 and 18 May, the Home Ministry advised to suspend fishing from the northwest Arabian Sea and the Gujarat coast altogether. In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed officials in the coastal districts to be vigilant. In a meeting of the Disaster Management Authority, Thackeray said that the collectors of Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg districts have been asked to take all necessary precautions.