Cyclone Tauktae will hit the Gujarat coast Monday night and is expected to make landfall early Tuesday | India News
The greatest impact of the landfall will be felt in the districts of Porbandar, Amreli, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Botad and Bhavnagar, where the ‘Tauktae’ will cross as a ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 155- 165 km / h with gusts of 185 kmph.
“Damage is also expected in Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Morbi, Waltz, Gujarat districts of Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch, Navsari, Anand and Ahmedabad, ”said IMD Director General M Mohapatra.
He said: “The cyclone system is being monitored by the Doppler weather radar, Goa. The IMD will continue to update the movement of the cyclone and will alert the state authorities and central agencies ”.
Meanwhile, the state administration, in coordination with central agencies, has started evacuating people from the vulnerable coastal areas of Gujarat. “The state has been warned to completely suspend the fishing operation. People have been asked to stay indoors (during landfall), ”Mohapatra said.
On Sunday, the IMD issued a storm surge warning of about 3 meters above the astronomical tide over Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Bhavnagar; 2-3 m above Bharuch, Anand, southern parts of Ahmedabad; 1-2 m over Surat, Navsari, Valsad, and 0.5 – 1 m over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat during the time of arrival on land. Storm surge is likely to flood most of the low-lying areas in these districts along the coast.
In the context of these warnings, Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) on Sunday via video conference with the Chief Secretaries of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, as well as advisers to the Trustees of the Lakshadweep Union Territories, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
Reviewing the preparedness of central and state agencies, Gauba emphasized that all measures must be taken to evacuate people in the areas affected by the cyclone, in order to guarantee zero loss of life and damage.
The cabinet secretary also emphasized that all measures must be taken to avoid disruption of the operation of hospitals and Covid Care Centers. “Necessary arrangements have been made in this regard to ensure the uninterrupted operation of Covid hospitals and care centers, in addition to ensuring the generation and supply of oxygen to Covid facilities across the country,” a statement said.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), meanwhile, has deployed or made available 79 teams in affected states for relief and rescue operations. In addition, 22 additional teams have also been kept ready. “Army rescue and relief teams, Navy and the coastguard along with ships and planes have also been deployed, ”the statement said.