The powerful cyclone Tauktae is expected to make landfall in the western Indian state of Gujarat on Tuesday morning (May 18). Authorities have deployed naval and land forces, as well as aircraft and other necessary rescue equipment, and are preparing to evacuate more than 100,000 people from its western coast.
According to Reuters, the India Meteorological Department (India Meteorological Department) said in a statement, “It (Cyclone Taut) is likely to strengthen further within 24 hours and move north – northwest to reach the coast of Gujarat on the evening of the 17th. “
Cyclone Taut formed in the Arabian Sea and is expected to pass through Gujarat. Winds could reach 175 kilometers per hour (109 mph).
The meteorological agency also warned of possible destruction of homes and flooding of escape routes. Rail services are feared to be disrupted and are not expected to resume until May 21.
The National Crisis Management Committee also held meetings with several states on Sunday (May 16) and said nearly 80 disaster management teams have been deployed in different states.
Rescue teams from the Army, Navy and Coast Guard as well as boats and aircraft have also been deployed.
Gujarat (Gujarat) was hit by Cyclone Vayu on June 13, 2019. Not related to this article on cyclones. (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)
In a statement, the government said, “All measures are being taken to evacuate people from cyclone-affected areas to ensure that there is no loss of life.”
Pankaj Kumar, a Gujarat official, said evacuation of people in coastal areas has begun and “we will evacuate more than 100,000 people.”
For states that are being hit hard by COVID-19, a new coronavirus-induced pneumonia disease, the onslaught of Cyclone Taut will add to the woes.
A statement from the Gujarat government said the state’s chief minister Vijay Rupani (Vijay Rupani) has asked officials to ensure that power supplies to COVID-19 hospitals and other medical facilities are not disrupted, while oxygen supplies are maintained. Vaccinations have also been suspended for the next two days.
In neighboring Maharashtra, the Maharashtra government has shifted COVID-19 patients received at a temporary center in the state capital, Mumbai, to other hospitals as the cyclone advances toward Gujarat, the chief minister’s office said.
Gujarat’s large oil refineries and seaports are feared to be affected by the storm.
A spokesman for Reliance Industries, which owns the world’s largest oil refinery Jamnagar refinery in Gujarat, told Reuters that the refinery was taking all necessary precautions.