The cyclonic storm Tauktae that hit Gujarat on Monday ended up uprooting several trees and electricity poles. This in turn has caused power outages in 3,748 villages and 122 COVID hospitals in Gujarat most of which are in the affected coastal districts.
Around 30% of electricity poles in severely affected villages have been destroyed. Energy minister Saurabh Patel said that of the 3,748 villages that suffered power outages, power was restored in 1,115 villages. Of the 122 COVID hospitals that suffered outages, 66 have had their power restored.
Of the 2.23 lakh km long electricity lines in the affected areas, 9,000 km of power lines have been destroyed. Eight of the 16 substations in Gondal have been destroyed. At present 123 substations in the state are closed due to Tauktae.
A boat in Navsari district’s Jalalpor taluka has gone missing. The boat had left from Dholai on May 13 and had eight fishermen in it.
The Tauktae cyclone has had a severe impact on Saurashtra where heavy rains have resulted in the Dhatarwadi dam overflowing resulting in a flood-like situation in the Dhatarwadi river in the Amreli Rajula area.
Meanwhile, the cyclone resulted in the high power tension tower in Adarshnagar in Ahmedabad breaking down.
Food packets for Tauktae affected
The Vadtal Dham has come forward to help those who have been impacted by the Tauktae cyclone. The Vadtal Temple in Kheda began a community kitchen to ready food packets for the affected. The temple has so far made around 3,000 food packets for those who have been impacted by Tauktae.
Several volunteers and devotees also helped in making the food packets. The temple said that it sees it as an opportunity to serve people.
Kadi, Mehsana, Sidhdpur, Vadnagar, and Ambaji in North Gujarat will also see an impact on Tauktae.
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