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Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: PM announces Rs 1,000-cr relief package for Gujarat

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Cyclone Tauktae

Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes an aerial survey of Cyclone Tauktae-affected areas of Gujarat | PTI photo

Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updates: As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone 'Tauktae' across 12 districts of Gujarat. Fifteen deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, the worst affected in the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and completed landfall around 1.30 am Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess the devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae. Earlier in the day, PM announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief measures in the areas hit by cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat. He also announced Rs 200,000 ex-gratia compensation for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in cyclone-related incidents in all states affected by Tauktae.

At least 22 personnel on board accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are dead and 65 still missing, a Navy official said on Wednesday. The Navy said its personnel, battling extreme weather, have so far rescued 186 of the 273 people who were onboard barge P305 and also two from tugboat Varaprada.

Meanwhile, a new cyclonic storm, named Cyclone Yaas, is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.
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2:45 AM

Cyclone Yass likely to hit West Bengal, Odisha coast by May 27

After severe cyclonic storm Tauktae in the west coast, another cyclone -- Yass -- is likely to hit the east coast on May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
 
A low pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22, it said.
 
"It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal-Odisha coasts around 26th May evening," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said.
 
It added that the southwest monsoon is very likely to advance over south Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21 in association with the likely strengthening and deepening of southwesterly winds over the region Other atmospheric and oceanic conditions like conducive environment for convection, sea surface temperatures are also favourable for persistent cloudiness over Andaman Sea and adjoining areas of east-central and southeast Bay of Bengal around May 22.
 
These conditions will help in formation of a low pressure area over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22, the IMD said.
 
Under the influence of these systems, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are likely to witness light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places on May 22 and 23, it said.
 
Odisha, West Bengal and adjoining Assam and Meghalaya are likely to receive light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places are very likely to commence from evening of May 25. The intensity of the rainfall will increase substantially, the IMD said.
 
It said the west coast, especially Gujarat and Maharashtra, are still assessing the damage done by extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae.
 
April-May, the pre-monsoon months, usually witness formation of cyclones on the eastern as well as the western coast.
 
2:43 AM

Cyclone: Gujarat govt to give Rs 4 lakh each to kin of dead

The Gujarat government on Wednesday approved a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who have died due to various incidents related to cyclone Tauktae that ravaged coastal areas of the state.
 
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who made the compensation announcement, said those injured in cyclone-triggered incidents will get Rs 50,000 each, said a state government release.
 
This financial assistance is in addition to the central government's compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured persons, it said.
 
According to the Gujarat government, 45 persons lost their lives in incidents related to the cyclone which hit the state on Monday night.
 
Tauktae triggered heavy rains from Saurashtra coast to North Gujarat. Over 16,000 houses were damaged, more than 40,000 trees and over 70,000 electric poles uprooted, while 5,951 villages faced total power blackout, it said.
 
In a video message, Rupani said his government's focus is on restoration of communication and electricity infrastructure and repair of damaged roads.
11:32 PM

Delhi records highest 24-hour rainfall in May since 1976 under 'Tauktae' impact

Delhi on Wednesday recorded 60 mm rainfall till 8:30 pm, the highest 24-hour precipitation in May in 35 years, under the impact of cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' and a western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said.
 

The city also recorded a maximum temperature of 23.8 degrees Celsius, 16 notches below normal and the lowest in the month of May since 1951, the IMD said.

11:01 PM

Tauktae: One dead, three injured as heavy rains lash Rajasthan

One person died and three others were injured due to heavy rainfall and gusty winds after cyclone Tauktae hit Rajasthan, officials said on Wednesday.
 

The cyclone arrived in the state on Tuesday night and its impact was seen in various far-flung districts of the state on Wednesday as well.

10:03 PM

Police to probe why barge P-305 didn't move away despite cyclone warning

Mumbai Police will conduct a probe as to why the ill-fated barge P-305 which sank off Mumbai coast on Monday evening stayed in the area despite warnings about cyclone Tauktae, an official said.
 

Yellow Gate Police in south Mumbai on Wednesday registered an accidental death report (ADR) in connection with 22 persons on the barge whose bodies have been recovered.

9:53 PM

4 bodies have been handed over to Mumbai police

9:34 PM

Tauktae heading towards Haryana, cautions Dushyant Chautala

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday alerted the people of his state regarding the storm "Tauktae", saying it is headed towards the state.
 

He urged the people to stay vigilant during the next 48 hours and not step out of their homes for their safety, an official statement said here.
 

According to the Meteorological Department, the flow of the storm is moving towards Haryana through Gujarat, Rajasthan and its speed can move up to 50 kilometers per hour in most districts of the state from Wednesday to Thursday evening.

9:19 PM

812 trees uprooted across Mumbai due to cyclone Tauktae

As many as 812 trees were uprooted across Mumbai due to the impact of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae that brushed past the city coast, the civic body said on Wednesday.
 

According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release, of the total trees uprooted by the strong winds triggered by the cyclonic storm, 70 per cent were of foreign origin.

9:10 PM

Govt sets up a high-level committee to enquire into stranding of ONGC vessels in cyclone

9:08 PM

As cyclone 'Tauktae' causes rain, Delhi's max temperature for May dips to lowest since 1951

Delhi on Wednesday recorded a maximum temperature of 23.8 degrees Celsius, 16 notches below normal and the lowest in the month of May since 1951, as rain drenched the national capital under the impact of cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' and a western disturbance, the India Meteorological Department said.
 

Delhi's maximum temperature during the day was less than that of Srinagar (25.8 degrees Celsius) and Dharamshala (27.2 degrees Celsius) up in the north.

8:46 PM

Mamata directs officials to prepare for cyclone amid warning

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday directed senior government officials to make all necessary arrangements after the weather office warned about a cyclonic storm that may hit West Bengal's coastal areas on May 26.
 
Chairing a virtual meeting, Banerjee directe the officers to arrange for adequate stock of medicines, drinking water, dry food and tarpaulins, officials said.
 
She also told the officers to ensure that enough force, from state disaster management team and the police, are deployed, they said.
8:28 PM

Cyclone Tauktae leaves trail of destruction in Gujarat, death toll reaches 46

As many as 46 people were killed in the incidents related to cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat which made landfall on Monday night and left a trail of destruction before weakening and moving to Rajasthan, officials said on Wednesday.
 
Thousands of houses were damaged and trees and electricity poles were uprooted as Tauktae brought along heavy rains and high winds.
 
Of 46 deaths, 15 were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, among the worst affected by the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm" on Monday night. Eight people each were killed in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath districts, an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.
8:11 PM

IMD reports new cyclone formation, Yaas, at Bay of Bengal

A new cyclonic storm, named Cyclone Yaas, is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22, informed RK Jenamani, senior scientist, National Weather Forecasting Centre, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.
 
"Low pressure of the new cyclonic storm is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22. May 23 should mark depression stage, and the final cyclonic storm is expected to hit by May 24-25," he told ANI.
 
The cyclone Yaas will hit the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 26. Meanwhile, both the states will experience heavy rainfall from May 22 to 26.
 
Talking about cyclone Tauktae, Jenamani said, "The cyclone Tauktae, has already crossed Gujarat on Monday night (May 17). It is now close to Rajasthan's Udaipur. The southern area of the state has received heavy rainfall the entire day (Wednesday)."
7:40 PM

Now, east coast may see new cyclone; West Bengal, Odisha likely to be hit by May 27

Even as the after-effects of Cyclone Tauktae on the west Coast of India are subsiding, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today warned that another cyclone is likely to hit India, this time on the east coast by May 26-27.
 
A low-pressure area is likely to form over the north Andaman Sea adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22.
 
"It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal - Odisha coasts around 26th May evening," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said. READ MORE...

Fishing boats anchored at Gopalpur beach, in Ganjam district of Odisha
7:13 PM

Rain, thundershowers recorded in parts of Uttar Pradesh

Light to moderate rain or thundershower was recorded at several places in Uttar Pradesh, Met officials said on Wednesday. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning occurred at a few places in eastern part of the state and at isolated places in the western part, it said.

According to the Met department, rains were witnessed in areas including Mauranipur in Jhansi district, Karwi (Chitrakoot), Safipur (Unnao), Malihabad (Lucknow), Sultanpur, Karchhana (Allahabad), Kanpur, Fatehpur, Agra, Khairagar (Agra), Kalpi Tehsil (Jalaun), and Hamirpur.

The maximum temperature in the state was recorded at Banda observatory (35.2 degree Celsius) while the minimum temperature was recorded in Aligarh (20.8 degree Celsius), as per Met officials.

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First Published: May 17 2021 | 6:59 PM IST

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