Tauktae is now a “very severe” cyclone, which will sweep through Gujarat at 185 km / h | India News
AHMEDABAD / NEW DELHI: Covid-bruised Gujarat braced for a beating strongest cyclone hit its shoreline since 1998 when Tauktae, which cut a swath through the western coastal belt on Sunday and escalated into a “very severe” cyclonic storm, raced toward its planned landfall between the Diu Union Territory and Mahuva in Bhavnagar early Tuesday morning.
Tauktae – myanmarese for “gecko” – is estimated to arrive with wind speeds of 155-165 km / h, with gusts of up to 185 km / h, IMD said. It is inclined to reach the coast of Gujarat on Monday night and cross the areas between Porbandar and Mahuva at dawn the next day.
The greatest impact of the projected landfall will be felt in the districts of Porbandar, Amreli, Junagarh, Gir Somnath, Botad and Bhavnagar. “Damage is also expected in Devbhoomi Dwarka, Kutch, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Morbi, Waltz, Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch, Navsari, Districts of Anand and Ahmedabad, ”said IMD Director General M Mohapatra. “The cyclone system is being monitored by a Doppler weather radar in Goa. The IMD will continue to update the movement of the cyclone ”.
The State Administration, in coordination with central agencies, aims to evacuate about 1.5 lakh people living in the coastal villages of Saurashtra and Kutch on Monday night. CM Vijay rupani He said: “With the goal of zero human casualties, 44 NDRF teams, assisted by SDRF and fire brigade personnel, have been deployed along the coastal areas for rescue and relief efforts.”
Additional Chief Secretary Pankaj kumar He said Sunday that 25,000 people had already been moved to safer places.
IMD warned of a storm surge of about 3 m above the astronomical tide over Amreli, Gir Somnath, Diu, Bhavnagar, 2-3 m over Bharuch, Anand and the southern parts of Ahmedabad, and 1-2 m over Surat , Navsari and Valsad, and .5-1m in the remaining coastal districts. Landfall storm surge is likely to flood most of the low-lying areas in these districts along the coast. “The state has been warned to completely suspend fishing operations. People have been asked to stay inside (during landfall), ”said IMD chief Mohapatra.
Gujarat’s strongest tropical cyclone so far was in 1998, killing thousands and crushing Kandla in Kutch. Since then, the state has twice had a narrow leak: in 2019, when Cyclone Vayu skirted the state’s coast, and again last year, when Cyclone Nisarga hit Mumbai, but it didn’t affect the state much beyond bringing heavy rains. in the southern parts.