A review meeting has been held on the preparedness against the severe cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ on May 16, 2021. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the review meeting, he spoke with government officials and representatives of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
This came minutes after a yellow alert was issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for Gujarat following the formation of the cyclonic storm over the east-central and south-east Arabian sea.
“Deep Depression intensified into a Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast & eastcentral the Arabian Sea: Cyclone watch for south Gujarat & Diu coasts,” the IMD tweeted.
All you need to know about Tauktae
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Tauktae may intensify further during the next 12 hours and could cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar on early May 18, 2021.
In the review meeting held on May 15, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told officials to ensure the safety of the people. He also told them to make sure safe evacuation of the people. Special arrangements should be made for COVID-19 management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain, power back up, and storage of the medicines at locations vulnerable due to cyclone, PM Modi said.
Kerala witnessed heavy rainfall and flooding at many locations. Raising alarm about the cyclonic storm Tauktae, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the region will feel the effect of the cyclonic storm during 24 hours.
“Kerala currently has 71 camps, 543 families, 2094 people. Those being directed to move to camps should do so without fail. #COVID19 safe camps are being set up, through @KeralaSDMA. Carry Emergency Kits – Masks, Sanitiser, Medicines, Prescriptions, Certificates & Imp. Docs (sic),” he wrote in another tweet.
Heavy rain and high-speed wind are expected to start from Sunday afternoon in Mumbai, the Indian Meteorological Department officials said. As many as 580 COVID-19 patients have been shifted by the authorities from three jumbo centres to avoid any untoward incident.
Gujarrat Chief Minister also held a review meeting where he took stock of the situation and reviewed the preparedness of the state against Tauktae. Informing about the preparations being made against the cyclonic storm, the Chief Minister’s office tweeted,” “CM Shri @vijayrupanibjp held a review meeting with senior officials on the preparedness of state administration in view of #CycloneTauktae forecast and instructed officials to make all possible arrangements with ‘Zero Casualty’ approach in the wake of prevailing Corona situation (sic).”
The Fishermen have been advised not to go to Arabian Sea till May 18, 2021. The tourism has been restricted. An advice has been issued for the naval operations.
Goa has deployed 22 personnel with life saving equipments on its beaches. Chief Minister “In view of Cyclone Tauktae, the State has activated its lifesaving machinery on beaches. NDRF team comprising 22 personnel carrying life saving equipment has already arrived. Also, control rooms have been set up at District and Taluka level,” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in a video message.
“Tidal wave of about 2-3 metres above astronomical tide is likely to inundate coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar district, and 1-2 meters along Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and 0.5-1 meter over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat,” an advisory said.