Two days after Cyclone Tauktae (pronounced Tau’te) made landfall in the Saurashtra region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will assess the situation in Gujarat on Wednesday. He’ll land in Bhavnagar and conduct an aerial survey of Una, Dio, Jafarabad, and Mahuva from there. In Ahmedabad, he will also hold a summary conference.
At 5.30 a.m. this morning, the system weakened into a depression over south Rajasthan, about 60 kilometres west-southwest of Udaipur. In the next 12 hours, it is expected to gradually weaken into a well-defined low pressure region. Sections of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh are expected to receive light to moderate rainfall today, as well as gusty winds with speeds of 30-40 kmph due to the cyclone.
At least 13 people were killed by Cyclone Tauktae, which wreaked havoc in Gujarat and Maharashtra, as well as parts of Karnataka and Goa. On Monday night, the storm made landfall in the Saurashtra region near Una in the Gir Somnath district, carrying with it powerful winds and heavy rain that destroyed nearly 16,500 homes and uprooted over 40,000 trees.
Many of the 137 people on board the ill-fated Gal Constructor barge ship who were rescued said they had given up hope of surviving and “stared at death” as their barge came dangerously close to colliding with an oil rig. Some have called their loved ones to bid them farewell.