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‘Tauktae’ to make landfall near Dwarka on Tuesday, PM reviews readiness | India News


NEW DELHI: With the cyclone ‘Tauktae‘intensifying into a’ severe ‘cyclonic storm over the east-central Arabian Sea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the readiness of states and central agencies to deal with the situation. The storm is expected to make landfall near Dwarka in Gujarat as a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm on May 18.
‘Tauktae’ (a Myanmarese name, meaning very vocal lizard gecko, pronounced as TauTe) will arrive on the coast of Gujarat on Tuesday morning and will cross the state between Porbandar and Naliya around late evening (time of arrival ashore ) on the same day with a wind speed ranging up to 175 km / h, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its update on Saturday night.

'Tauktae' to make landfall near Dwarka on Tuesday, PM reviews readiness | India News

The cyclone is likely to cause heavy rains in the coastal districts of Gujarat, including extremely heavy falls in Junagadh and Gir Somnath, and heavy or very heavy rains in some places in the Saurashtra Kutch & Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka districts, Amreli, Rajkot and Jamnagar.
IMD also warned that storm surge approximately 2-3 meters above astronomical tide could flood the coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar districts; 1-2 meters along Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and 0.5-1 meter over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat during Tuesday afternoon / evening around the time of landfall.
After the review, the Prime Minister instructed senior officials to take all possible measures to ensure that people are evacuated safely by state governments and to ensure the maintenance of all essential services such as energy, telecommunications, healthcare, drinking water, etc.
“In addition, he ordered them to ensure special preparation in the management of Covid in hospitals, the cold chain of vaccines and other medical facilities in the backup of energy and the storage of essential drugs and to plan the unhindered movement of tanker trucks. oxygen, “said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Local officials and authorities during the meeting were asked to take extra care to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible to Jamnagar’s oxygen supply.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), previously placed 42 teams equipped with boats, tree cutters, telecommunications equipment, etc. in six states (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra) and has kept 26 teams on standby.
The Indian Coast Guard and Navy have deployed boats and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Units of the Air Force and Army Engineer task force, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment.
“Seven ships with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief units are on standby along the western coast. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are conducting serial surveillance along the western coast. Disaster Relief Teams (DRT) and Medical Teams (MT) are on standby in Trivandrum, Kannur and other locations along the western coast, ”the statement said.
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