The weather office has predicted that cyclonic storm Tauktae, which is expected to intensify into a “strong cyclonic storm” within six hours, will reach the Gujarat coast by Tuesday. The coasts of Gujarat and Diu are under cyclone warnings. This is India’s first cyclone of the year, as the country battles a deadly second wave of Covid, which has resulted in a frightening increase in the country’s caseload in the last two months.
In the next 12 hours, the cyclone is expected to worsen into a “very strong cyclonic storm.” On Tuesday afternoon, it is forecast to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya.
The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) has more than 50 teams on the ground in five states: Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast moderate to extremely heavy rainfall “causing flash floods and landslides” over the coastal districts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa until Sunday, as well as Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents in Kerala’s Kochi, which was hit by heavy rain on Friday, were seen being helped by rescue teams.
This evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a summary meeting.
Various areas of the country have received red and orange warnings. The islands of Lakshadweep’s low-lying areas are likely to be flooded.
Fishermen have been asked to stay away from the Arabian Sea until Tuesday, tourism has been limited, and appropriate precautions for naval operations in the event of rough seas have been advised.