Cyclone Tauktae to make landfall in Gujarat: main developments | India News
NEW DELHI: The cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea caused very strong winds that blew across Mumbai on Monday afternoon, civic officials said. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Cyclone Tauktae it has now escalated into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm.” It is likely to reach the Gujarat coast on Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8pm and 11pm, the IM D saying.
Here’s a look at the main developments.
Mumbai hit with a wind speed of 114 km / h
Cyclonic storm Tauktae over the Arabian Sea caused very strong winds that blew at a speed of 114 km / h in Mumbai on Monday afternoon.
The 114 km / h wind speed was recorded around 2 pm at the Afghan church-based weather station in the Colaba area south of Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a statement.
The BMC has installed 60 automatic weather stations in Mumbai for daily monitoring of the metropolis’ weather conditions.
Operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in the city of Mumbai were suspended for five hours. The Bandra-Worli maritime link was also closed to traffic and people were asked to take alternate routes.
Impact on the fight against coronavirus
The massive storm comes as the country is battling a devastating wave of coronavirus, and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other. The storm has already caused the suspension of some vaccination efforts and there is an increased risk of virus transmission in crowded evacuation shelters.
Meanwhile, virus lockdown measures could delay relief work after the storm, and damage from the storm could destroy roads and cut vital supply lines for vaccines and medical supplies needed for patients with virus.
In Gujarat, vaccinations were suspended for two days and authorities worked to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people to temporary aid shelters. State Prime Minister Vijay Rupani called on officials to ensure that the oxygen supply to hospitals is not interrupted.
Six dead in Karnataka
Six people have lost their lives so far in the coastal districts of Karnataka and around Malnad, affected by Cyclone Tauktae, authorities said Monday.
According to a situation report from officials of the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, as of this morning, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone.
A total of 547 people have been evacuated so far, he said, 290 people are currently sheltering in the 13 relief camps that have been opened.
Be cautious, says Rajasthan CM
Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called on people to remain cautious in the wake of the MeT DepartmentThe warning about Cyclone Tautkae also affects some of the districts of Rajasthan.
Disaster teams have also been instructed to stay alert and monitor all situations, he added.
(With inputs from agencies)