Cyclone TaukTae hits coastal areas of Goa, moving towards Gujrat.
Five states including Gujarat and Maharashtra are facing the threat of cyclone 'Tau Te' in the Arabian Sea. According to the Meteorological Department, the storm is moving fast towards Gujarat. Due to this, some places in North Konkan including Mumbai may receive heavy rain with strong winds since Sunday. It is expected to turn into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. The storm will pass between Porbandar and Mahua Coast of Gujarat on the morning of 18 May.
According to IMD, at 2.30 pm on Saturday, the cyclone was 150 km southwest of Goa's Panaji coast, 490 km south of Mumbai, 880 km south-southwest of Veraval in Gujarat. During the storm, the wind can move at a speed of 150 to 160 kilometres per hour with rain. The impact of the storm is expected on the coasts of Maharashtra, Kerala and Gujarat for three days.
The storm may also affect Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, western Rajasthan and Lakshadweep. This cyclone has been named 'TaukTae' by Myanmar.
Modi held a high-level meeting
Seeing the danger of the storm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on Saturday and took stock of the preparations. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was told that senior officials of the central government, as well as officials from Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Gujarat, attended the meeting.
Reviewed preparedness on Cyclone Tauktae including ensuring essential supplies, continuing the COVID-19 fight and more. Praying for everyone’s safety and well-being. https://t.co/u5TShCdeC1— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2021
It was discussed in the meeting that the cabinet secretaries will be in constant contact with the chief secretaries of the coastal states and the concerned central ministries/agencies. The Home Ministry will keep an eye on this for 24 hours and will provide necessary facilities immediately while keeping in touch with the states.