Cyclone Tauktae: 17 dead and a trail of destruction in Gujarat | India News
RAJKOT / AHMEDABAD: At least 17 people died as a cyclone Tauktae devastated coastal districts Saurashtra after crashing into the coast near Diu and Una on Monday night at a speed of almost 165 km / h.
Five deaths were reported in Bhavnagar district alone, while eight other districts, including Amreli, Gir-Somnath, Panchamahal accounted for the rest of the casualties.
P.M Narendra modi It is expected to carry out an aerial reconnaissance of the worst affected districts on Wednesday, state government sources told TOI.
After spending the night hiding inside their houses and shelters, people awoke to the scenes of the wreckage all around them as Tauktae left a devastating trail in the coastal districts of Gir-Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar.
There were razed houses, tin sheds scattered everywhere, roofs blown off, flooded fields, broken roads, thousands of downed trees and collapsed power poles along the 200 km of coastline from Bhavnagar to Junagadh. Hundreds of villages will remain in darkness due to severe damage to transmission infrastructure and power poles.
CM Vijay Rupani said the situation was expected to return to normal on Wednesday.
The Indian Coast Guard he also rescued eight fishermen aboard a boat that had sunk in the sea off the port of Veraval, authorities said.
Tauktae was particularly relentless at Diu’s UT. Sources said hotels in Diu suffered severe damage as many glass doors and windows were broken due to high winds.
A taluka, a few kilometers from Diu, has been practically isolated from the rest of the districts. Gir-Somnath Collector Ajay prakash He said the formal communication system has collapsed in Una.
In the Amreli district, 18 Covid hospitals were on the brink as the cyclone caused a massive blackout in more than 600 villages. In the late afternoon, Tauktae reached Ahmedabad, bringing heavy rain and gusts of wind. Several roads and underpasses were flooded as the city was hit by four inches of rain in just three hours. Rain also hit the city of Vadodara, along with strong winds.
Tauktae caused significant damage to agriculture and initial estimates suggest that around 90% of the standing crop in Saurashtra is level.