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May 15, 2021 / 11:20 PM IST

Cyclone Tauktae News Highlights: Trains cancelled, short-terminated in coastal Gujarat in view of IMD's warning for May 17-18

Cyclone Tauktae News Highlights: Both the Centre and states have been gearing up to deal with the cyclone that has been building up over the Arabian Sea for days now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting and directed officials to ensure maintenance of essential services.

Cyclone Tauktae News Highlights: Cyclone Tauktae, which has intensified into a cyclonic storm due to the deep depression over the Arabian Sea, is likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on May 15. The cyclone is likely to intensify into a "very severe cyclonic storm" in the next 24-72 hours.

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

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

Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an important meeting to review preparations to deal with the impending Cyclone Tauktae, according to government sources.

The National Disaster Response Force has increased from 53 to 100 the number of teams earmarked to undertake relief and rescue measures in the aftermath of the cyclone.

The Central Water Commission has also issued a moderate to high risk alert over watersheds in central and northern parts of Kerala, adjoining south coastal and south interior Karnataka.

The government machinery in Goa has put in place necessary measures to tackle the situation in view of the warning about Cyclone Tauktae.

According to the IMD, Konkan and Goa are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on May 15 and 16. The Goa Fire and Emergency Services said it has kept its personnel ready to tackle the situation.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the authorities in coastal districts of the state to remain alert and well-equipped to tackle the situation.

With PTI inputs.
  • Cyclone Tauktae News Highlights: Trains cancelled, short-terminated in coastal Gujarat in view of IMD's warning for May 17-18
    The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a warning that a low-pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 16 (Representative image)
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    As per the latest IMD bulletin, the cyclone is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya at around the "afternoon or evening of May 18", with a wind speed ranging up to 175 kmph.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on May 15 to review the preparedness to minimise the cyclone's adverse impact.

    "The prime minister directed senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated by the state governments and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water etc and are restored immediately in the event of damages caused to them," stated an official released issued by his Office. READ FULL REPORT.

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    "The prime minister directed senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated by the state governments and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as power, telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and are restored immediately in the event of damages caused to them. He further directed them to ensure special preparedness on COVID management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain and other medical facilities on power back up and storage of essential medicines and to plan for unhindered movement of oxygen tankers. He also directed for 24X7 functioning of control rooms. He also said that special care needs to be taken to ensure that there is least possible disruption in oxygen supply from Jamnagar. He also spoke about the need to involve the local community for timely sensitisation and relief measures," said an official released issued by his Office.

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    The force's Director General, S N Pradhan, said in a tweet that these teams are being mobilised for deployment in the coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. On Friday, he had said that 53 teams are being committed for the cyclonic storm that is developing in the Arabian sea.

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