Cyclone Tauktae has hit many southwestern states of the country. After the devastation in Kerala, Karnataka and Goa, the effect of Cyclone Tauktae is also seen in Maharashtra. The BMC has closed the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai until further orders, amidst cyclone alerts. The administration and the state government are appealing to the people to stay in the houses, while 536 houses in Sindhudurg in Maharashtra have been damaged due to this cyclonic storm Tauktae, besides 61 houses have been damaged in Ratnagiri.
The wind speed is more than 150 km per hour, so the storm has been placed in a very severe category. The Meteorological Department has forecast rains with strong winds in many parts of Maharashtra.
Heavy to very heavy rains very likely at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls in the districts of Saurashtra namely Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar ,Junagadh, Boatd & in Diu; in the districts of Gujarat region namely Valsad, Navsari & in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli: IMD— ANI (@ANI) May 17, 2021
The Meteorological Department has predicted moderate to heavy rains in different areas of Raigad, Palghar, Mumbai, Thane and Ratnagiri districts during the next three hours with winds running at speeds of 90-100 kmph. In view of this, Mumbai Airport has been closed for three hours. Services will be closed from 11 am to 2 pm. At the same time, many flights have been diverted. Apart from this, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the officials in the coastal districts of the state to be vigilant in view of the meteorological department's warning about the storm.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with top government officials and representatives of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to review the preparedness to deal with the storm. He has directed the control rooms to work round the clock. He also talked about involving local people in timely rescue and relief operations.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah has himself taken command of disaster control from Karnataka to Gujarat in the wake of the cyclone's havoc. Shah had a meeting yesterday with the Chief Ministers and officials of several states including Maharashtra, Gujarat and reviewed the situation.