Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu on today to personally review the situation there and the damage wrought by cyclone Tauktae. PM Modi will leave New Delhi around 9:30 am and land at Bhavnagar, from where he will proceed for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad, and Mahuva. He will also hold a review meeting at Ahmedabad.
Cyclone Tauktae weakened into a "depression" and lay centred over south Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat region on Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department said. After causing widespread rain in Gujarat, the cyclone is expected to bring showers in many other states also, including Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, due to its interaction with the western disturbance, the IMD said.
At least seven people were killed in Gujarat as the cyclone battered parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles and trees, and damaging several houses and roads, officials said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that despite such a high-intensity cyclone hitting the state, his government managed to prevent any major loss to life or property as over two lakh people were already shifted to safer places.
Here are the highlights on Cyclone Tauktae:
Deep Depression (Remnants of Tauktae) over Gujarat region lay centered at 2330 hours IST of the 18th May, 2021 is about 110 km north-northeast of Ahmedabad. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Depression during next 06 hours. pic.twitter.com/SPZHYPdqnt- India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 18, 2021
18-05-2021; 2220 IST; Light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-40 Km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi & NCR (Badurgarh, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Noida) Panipat, Gannaur, Sonipat, Gohana,- India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 18, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu tomorrow to review the damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae that swept across the country's western coast yesterday and made landfall on the coast of his home state late in the night.
In another operation, a Navy Seaking helicopter was launched to rescue crew of GAL Constructor, which ran aground North of Mumbai. The helo rescued 35 crew members of GAL Constructor.
Besides the barges, one drilling rig of ONGC, 'Sagar Bhushan', with 101 people on board (37 ONGC employees and 64 contractual workers), too drifted away from its location.
#CycloneTauktae#NationFirst Update on grounded barge GAL CONSTRUCTOR. Effective coordinated rescue operations resulted in saving of all 137 precious lives from the distressed barge. Rescue mission accomplished. We Protect वयम रक्षाम: pic.twitter.com/S16FPlr7ly- Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) May 18, 2021
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani remained stationed at the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) for a considerable time during the last 24 hours as cyclone Tauktae was moving fast towards the state, an official release said on Tuesday.
When the landfall process of the cyclone began on the Gujarat coast around 9 pm on Monday, Rupani reached the SEOC, a central control room in Gandhinagar, to take stock of the situation and guide the administration, it said.
As Cyclone Tauktae battered Mumbai, flooding streets and uprooting poles, a woman holding an umbrella had a narrow escape when a tree fell right in front of her."
#CycloneTauktae#NationFirst Update on grounded barge GAL CONSTRUCTOR.Swift rescue operation in progress by two @IndiaCoastGuard chetak helicopters.50 crew airlifted and safely transferred to nearby Wadrai beach.Rescue operation continues@DefenceMinIndia@ONGC_@SpokespersonMoDpic.twitter.com/Qm0w9qRbQz- Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) May 18, 2021
As of now it's severe cyclonic storm, it'll convert into cyclonic storm in 1 hr. It'll go 50-60 km west of Ahmedabad. Wind speed will be 45-55 km/hr gusting to 65 km/hr. Isolated heavy rain likely in Ahmedabad & some other dists: Manorama Mohanty, Incharge Director, MET,Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/vYBBFCoSJv- ANI (@ANI) May 18, 2021
SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM 'TAUKTAE' WEAKENED INTO A CYCLONIC STORM AND LAY CENTRED AT 1130 HRS IST OVER SAURASHTRA, NEAR LAT. 22.0°N AND LONG. 71.5°E, ABOUT 165 KM SOUTHWEST OF AHMEDABAD. TO MOVE NORTH NORTHEASTWARDS AND WEAKEN GRADUALLY INTO A DEEP DEPRESSION IN NEXT 06 HRS. pic.twitter.com/rIPcCNG39I- India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 18, 2021
THE SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM 'TAUKTAE' LAY CENTRED AT 1030 HRS IST OF 18TH MAY 2021 OVER SAURASHTRA, NEAR LAT. 21.7°N AND LONG. 71.4°E, ABOUT 200 KM SOUTHWEST OF AHMEDABAD, 115 KM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SURENDRANAGAR AND 20 KM EAST-NORTHEAST OF AMRELI.- India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 18, 2021
#HarKaamDeshKeNaam- PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) May 17, 2021
All in a day's work!!
Even as some #IndianNavy ships continue to engage with multiple #SAR missions off West Coast of India in wake of havoc wreaked by #CycloneTauktae, others progress with next phase of Op #SamudraSetu_II. @indiannavy@SpokespersonMoD