Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with top government officials and representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Saturday to review arrangements for Cyclone Tauktae, which is expected to hit India on Sunday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow cyclone warning for the Gujarat and Diu coasts earlier on Saturday, claiming that cyclonic storm Tauktae had emerged over the east-central and adjoining south-east Arabian sea. “A Deep Depression developed into a Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced Tau’Te) over Lakshadweep and the surrounding southeast and east-central Arabian Sea: Cyclone watch for south Gujarat & Diu coasts,” the IMD has tweeted.
IMD also predicted that the cyclone would hit the Gujarat coast on May 18 in the morning. “Deep Depression about 55 km north-northwest of Amini over Lakshadweep region and surrounding southeast & eastcentral Arabian Sea http://Divi. During the next 12 hours, the storm will intensify into a Cyclonic Storm. To pass north-northwestwards and arrive near the Gujarat coast by the morning of May 18th,” the weather service said in a tweet.
The NDRF and the NDMA, for example, have been planning to deal with the crisis. According to the NDRF, 53 teams have been committed to dealing with cyclone Tauktae, with 24 teams pre-deployed and 29 teams on standby. The deployments took place in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, among other states.