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Gujarat, Diu on alert as cyclonic storm Tauktae to hit on Tuesday

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Cyclonic storm Tauktae may hit Gujarat by Tuesday forcing authorities to put the state and the union territory of Diu under cyclone watch. The IMD has said that the cyclone is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours and is expected to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Naliya on Tuesday. This will be the first cyclonic storm of the country this year.

“Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) over east-central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea: Cyclone Alert for Gujarat & Diu coasts (Yellow message),” the IMD said in a tweet.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been put on alert for Gujarat and four other states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra in view of the cyclonic storm Tauktae.

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The IMD has warned of extreme heavy rainfall over Saurashtra and Kutch on Tuesday and Wednesday due to Tauktae. Flash flood warnings have also been given for Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa. Fishermen have been asked to stay away from the sea in all the affected coastal districts.

The rapidly intensifying system shall cause extremely heavy rainfall (more than 204 mm) over Lakshadweep, Kerala, ghats of Tamil Nadu, coastal Karnataka, while Goa and South Konkan regions will receive moderate intensity rain, particularly up to May 17, the IMD has said.

The IMD had issued a ‘Red’ alert for Kerala on Friday and for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Saturday.

PM Modi to review cyclone situation

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold a review meeting on Saturday to take stock of the cyclonic storm situation and the preparedness.

 

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