The first cyclone of 2021, Tauktae, has now intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” and is fast approaching the Maharashtra coast, IMD said on Monday. It now has a wind speed of 180-190 kilometres per hour with winds gusting to 210 kilometres per hour. The cyclone Tauktae now lays centred at a distance of 162 km south – southeast from Diu and 145 km west – northwest from Mumbai.
The low pressure formed over the Lakshadweep in Arabian Sea has intensified into an extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae and is moving towards the Gujarat coast. On its movement along the coasts of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa, it has caused strong winds and heavy rainfall along with high tidal waves. Relief camps were opened and many people were relocated to safety from the coastal belt. At least six people were killed in rain-related incidents. Houses, roads and power lines were also damaged.
Around 1.5 lakh people are being shifted from low-lying coastal areas in Gujarat. 54 teams of the NDRF and SDRF have been deployed in the state to meet any situation. Gujarat is expected to experience heavy rainfall and gusty winds by evening. Severe damage is expected in the state. Officials have warned people of disruption of power and communication lines. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has asked officials to ensure electricity and oxygen supply to COVID-19 hospitals and other medical facilities.