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An upsurge in the updates of cyclone “Tauktae”

The updates on ruinous cyclone “Tauktae” show no sign for Elvis to leave the show. The cyclone Tauktae had been taking a calamitous form making its way through Gujarat after the devastation in four major states Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, and Karnataka.

Sources have mentioned a very high probability of upcoming disaster due to the cyclone in Gujarat and that also with the intensity of over hundred and fifty kilometre per hour.

As the storm proceeds towards the coastal region, hinting to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva, it has still left a severe impact on the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, and Karnataka. Several security alerts have also been raised regarding the cyclone updates.

Denotations by the use of different colours had been done to get an idea of the respective zones and amount of precipitation as well as its effect. Even areas in Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar come under the “orange zone” as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Also, the US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) has estimated the intensity of the storm and had reported it to be already equal to ESCS, that is, Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm.

The varying ranges reported are one hundred and eighty- five kilometres per hour to two hundred and thirty-two kilometres per hour. The local transports, as well as airports, have also been announced to remain shut till 4 pm on Monday. Temporary suspension operations under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India had been brought into action at several major airports of Goa and Gujarat. These include Bhavnagar, Lakshadweep, Surat, Port Bandar, Barodara, Dui, Bhuj, and Jamnagar.

Precautions have been taken by all the concerned authorities amidst the time of COVID that there should be no complications regarding medical aid and health conditions.

In Mumbai and neighbouring areas, the blustering storms and deluge could be seen to impinge the common people. The “raining cats and dogs” condition added to the suffering of the people affected by the cyclone. Waterlogging at various places could also be noticed like Malad subway, Andheri subway, and Hindmata junction. Somewhat Dahisar was also affected.

Recorded rainfall in Coloba area had been 79.4 mm rainfall while in Santacruz observatory it said 44.5 mm rainfall as per the Mumbai’s Senior Director Shubhangi Bhute. Tanaji Kamble, a spokesperson from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also mentioned the upgraded series of warnings by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Necessary measures were also taken by the state disaster management cell to ensure the safety of people by shifting them to comparatively safer regions.

Few deaths have also taken place in the affected regions as an impingement of the cyclone. From Karnataka, six deaths have been reported from the western coastal region. Two of them drowned while four others lost their lives due to unfavourable incidents in Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Udipi, and Chikkamagaluru. Two were killed in Goa, a woman aged thirty-five got under the tree that got uprooted and fell on her. Two others also died in the same way because of the falling of an electric pole.

In Ulhasnagar, a slab and a residential building crashed resulting in the death of four people. In Jalgaon, a district in Maharashtra, two girls lost their lives. They were sisters aged twelve and seventeen and died due to collapsing of a large tree. Others were injured badly.

Moreover, the cyclone is expected to hit Gujarat and later seize the areas of Rajasthan after crossing Gujarat. With context to all the possible consequences, Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan had also announced to be aware of the situation that might take a sudden turn at any point. He also appealed to the people to take the warnings of the MeT Department very seriously regarding the updates on Tauktae.

Supriya Rani

Intern, Goa Chronicle

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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