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Cyclone Tauktae Updates: Heavy rain in Gujarat as landfall process begins; Ahmedabad airport shut till tomorrow

Cyclone Tauktae Updates: Barring the Rajkot airport, which will remain shut for flights till 19 May, other three major airports - Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara - will remain closed for both domestic and international flights till Tuesday

FP Staff May 17, 2021 21:42:45 IST
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Cyclone Tauktae Updates: Heavy rain in Gujarat as landfall process begins; Ahmedabad airport shut till tomorrow

Rough sea weather conditions due to formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram. PTI

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May 17, 2021 - 21:54 (IST)

Cyclone Tauktae LATEST Updates

Two barges with 410 personnel adrift in Bombay High, but all onboard safe: Afcons

The severe cyclonic storm Tauktae pounding the West Coast de-anchored two Afcons-owned barges working at the Bombay High with 410 personnel but all the staff are safe and the barges have been steadied back, the constriction major said Monday evening.

Earlier in the day, PTI quoting an ONGC official had said the barge belonged to the national energy major but later ONGC clarified that the barges were hired by them and personnel are of the contractor Afcons, which is owned by the Shapporji Pallonji Group of Cyrus Mistry.

The affected barges were deployed at the Heera platform, the largest of the ONGC rigs on the Bombay High, which is the largest oil and gas assets of the national energy major in the country, and were anchored to safety ahead of the cyclone but got drifted and de-anchored due to the gusty winds that have made the Arabian Sea violent.

May 17, 2021 - 21:41 (IST)

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Over 55 flights cancelled at Mumbai airport due to Tauktae cyclone

More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Monday after the private airport operator was forced to suspend all air services at 11 am due to cyclone 'Tauktae'. These cancellations apart, some seven incoming flights were also diverted to various airports.

The CSMIA for the fourth time in the day extended the closure of operations till 10 pm after first announcing that the airport will remain closed for three hours, starting 11 am.

May 17, 2021 - 21:31 (IST)

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Evacuated thousands in Gujarat, Kerala, Daman and Diu in view of Tauktae: NDRF

The NDRF on Monday said it has evacuated thousands of stranded people in the last three days in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu in view of Cyclone Tauktae.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Tauktae has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm". It is likely to reach the Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm.

"Teams are continuously cutting and clearing heavy trees and electric poles that have been uprooted and crashed on roads. Extensive efforts are being made to bring the situation to normal in the affected states."

"In the last three days, the force has evacuated thousands of stranded people to safer places in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu and it is assisting district administration in mass evacuation of the people from the coast line," an NDRF spokesperson said.

May 17, 2021 - 21:19 (IST)

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Zuari Agro Chemical's Goa plant impacted due to cyclone Tauktae

Zuari Agro Chemicals on Monday said its fertiliser plant in Goa has been impacted due to Tauktae cyclone and there could be some damages. The company, in a regulatory filing, said it is in the process of assessing the damages caused by the cyclone Tauktae.

"The fertiliser plant of the company situated at Zuarinagar, Goa was impacted on May 16, 2021, by Cyclone-Tauktae and there could be some damages...," it said. In view of this, there could be a potential delay in the restart of ammonia and urea plants, it said.

May 17, 2021 - 21:06 (IST)

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Major Gujarat airports shut due to cyclone Tauktae

As cyclone Tauktae continued its relentless march towards the coast of Gujarat, where it is expected to make landfall by Monday night, major airports in the state shut down operations till Tuesday as a precautionary measure.

Barring the Rajkot airport, which will remain shut for flights till 19 May, other three major airports - Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara - will remain closed for both domestic and international flights till Tuesday, officials said. The Ahmedabad airport, which suspended its operations on Monday evening, will resume flights after 5 am on Tuesday.

"The Ahmedabad airport is fully prepared for cyclone Tauktae, and as a precautionary measure our operations will remain suspended from 19:30 hrs, 17th May to 05:00 hrs, 18th May 2021," the airport said in a statement.

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May 17, 2021 - 20:55 (IST)

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Visuals from Gujarat coast as storm approaches

May 17, 2021 - 20:46 (IST)

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Cyclone close to Gujarat coast, landfall process begins

"The extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae lies close to the Gujarat coast. The landfall process started and will continue during next 2 hours," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in an update.

May 17, 2021 - 20:40 (IST)

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High-speed winds uproot trees, power poles in Thane

High-speed winds uprooted many trees and electricity poles, partially damaged two buildings besides many houses and in Thane and Palghar districts neighbouring Mumbai on Monday as the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae was barrelling towards Gujarat, officials said.

Hoardings fell on the ground at many places. In Kalyan, two persons travelling on a two-wheeler were injured after a huge hoarding fell on them. A water tank on the terrace of a hospital broke and fell in the afternoon. Also, a power supply line broke and fell on road in Bazarpeth area. No one was injured in these incidents.

May 17, 2021 - 20:27 (IST)

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Maharashtra CM assesses damage caused by cyclone Tauktae

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday assessed the damage caused by cyclonic storm Tauktae in Mumbai and other districts in Konkan and asked officials to remain alert in view of the rainfall and gusty winds in the coastal region, where six persons died.

Under the influence of the extremely severe cyclonic storm, Mumbai and its adjoining districts were lashed by heavy rains and high-speed winds during the day.

According to an official statement, six persons died, while nine others received injuries in storm-related incidents in the coastal region.

Three persons died in Raigad district, while Thane and Sindhudurg districts reported two and one deaths, respectively, it said. A total of 12,500 people were shifted to safer places as a precautionary measure, the statement said.

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May 17, 2021 - 20:15 (IST)

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Storm rages on with wind speed over 170 kmph

'Extremely Severe' cyclone Tauktae is currently 70 km south-southeast of Diu as per the latest bulleting by IMD. The cyclone continues to maintain the wind speed of 170-180km/hr gusting to 200 km/hr. The storm is most likely to hit the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district tonight between 8 pm – 11 pm.

Cyclone Tauktae LATEST News and Updates: "The extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae lies close to the Gujarat coast. The landfall process started and will continue during next 2 hours," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in an update.

The Indian Army said on Monday it has put 180 teams and nine engineer task forces on standby to face any contingency as Cyclone Tauktae is likely to hit the Gujarat coast on Monday evening

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has extended the suspension of all air services to 8 pm from 6 pm announced earlier due to the cyclone 'Tauktae'.

Over 1.5 lakh people have been shifted from low-lying coastal areas in Gujarat, while 54 teams of the NDRF and SDRF remained deployed. As per IMD, the storm is expected to reach the state by the evening and cross the coast between 8 pm and 11 pm.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an orange or "be prepared" alert for heavy rains in 13 districts in Madhya Pradesh even as the state received intermittent showers during the day due to cyclone Tauktae.

Two persons died in Maharashtra's Konkan region in separate incidents related to the severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, the state government said on Monday.

Six people have lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding Malnad districts of Karnataka, officials told PTI on Monday. According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this morning, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone so far.

The wind speed of 114 kmph was recorded around 2 pm at the weather station based at Afghan Church in South Mumbai's Colaba area, the BMC said. This was the highest wind speed recorded so far during the day as per officials

Mumbai is set to witness a high tide of 3.94 metres at 3.44 pm, even as the IMD upgraded its warning for the city to "extremely heavy rainfall".

As Mumbai recorded gusty winds and heavy rains, the city police tweeted about water-logging in six low-lying areas, including the Hindmata junction, Andheri subway and Malad Subway, crucial for the east-west connectivity.

One person was killed and two injured as Cyclone Tauktae brought rains and winds to Maharashtra's Raigad district, where the IMD has issues a red alert.

Cyclone Tauktae, which has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm", is likely to reach Gujarat coast by Monday evening and cross the state coast between 8 pm and 11 pm, the IMD said.

As a precautionary measure, the state administration shifted over one lakh people living in coastal areas of 17 districts to safer places till late Sunday night, and the work resumed on Monday morning, the government said in a release.

According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, in the 24-hour period ending at 6 am on Monday, 84 talukas of 21 districts of Gujarat received light rainfall, mainly caused due to the cyclonic disturbances.

Six talukas received over one inch rainfall, it said.

As per the latest bulletin of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), cyclone Tauktae has further intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm".

"It is very likely to move north-north-westwards and reach the Gujarat coast in the evening hours of (May) 17th and cross the state coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) during the night (2000 hrs-2300 hrs IST) with a maximum sustained wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph," the IMD said.

The cyclone will cause light to moderate rainfall at many places in the state, heavy to very heavy showers at a few places, and extremely heavy downpour at isolated places over southern districts of Saurashtra, Diu and Gujarat region on Monday and Tuesday, the IMD said.

The sea conditions will remain "phenomenal" till Tuesday morning before improving, it said.

The state government in a release said over one lakh people were shifted to safer temporary shelters from 655 vulnerable villages in 17 districts till late Monday night.

A number of teams of departments like forest, roads and buildings, health, revenue and electricity have been deployed to immediately address the damage caused due to the cyclone, it said.

Besides, 41 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also been deployed along with 10 teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Three teams of the NDRF have been kept in reserve, the release said.

Special arrangements have been made in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients to ensure electricity backup in case of power outage due to the cyclone.

Arrangements have also been made for 161 ICU ambulances and 576 ambulances of '108' service to shift patients in case of emergency, it said.

The state government has also created 35 green corridors for easy transportation of medical oxygen for the needy patients across Gujarat.

De-watering pumps have also been set up in low-lying areas to clear flooding.

Local administrations have removed 2,126 hoardings in urban areas and 643 in rural areas as well as 668 temporary structures, to avoid any threat caused by them to people's lives, the government said.

With inputs from PTI

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