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Gujarat declares threat from cyclone Tauktae over, 13 dead


The Gujarat government on Tuesday evening declared the threat from cyclone Tauktae as over as stellar preparation beforehand helped the state limit casualties.

The state has announced that it will carry out a survey of the destruction caused by Tauktae from Wednesday onwards and will provide help to those affected in the form of cash doles and others as per the norms.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that restoration and relief work is being carried out on a war footing and footing in affected districts of the state. The administration is looking to restore normalcy within a day or two. He said in all 13 casualties were reported from the state of which the majority were accidental deaths.

Survey on Tauktae damage

He said the survey of damage to houses, agriculture, animal husbandry, and fishing will be carried out in the initial phase. He said officials of neighboring districts will chip in to help affected districts collect data about the loss incurred due to Tauktae.

He said the planning ensured that COVID hospitals did not face any trouble despite being in the affected districts. Of the 425 COVID COVID hospitals in the state, 122 were in the affected districts of which 83 suffered power outages. But prior planning for generators and others helped ensure that the power supply continued.

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Rupani had earlier carried out video conferences with collectors of affected districts of Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Porbandar, Surendranagar, Botad, Ahmedabad, and Gandhinagar to take stock of the situation.

In all 5,951 villages suffered power outages of which 2,101 villages saw power being restored. The state has also held a meeting with mobile companies to ensure that communication lines are restored by Wednesday.

Around 950 teams are at work to restore power in the affected areas and it is likely to be restored by Wednesday night.

69,429 electricity poles have been destroyed by the cyclone but since over 81,000 replacements are available they will soon be replaced.

674 roads have been closed due to trees being uprooted of which 562 have been cleared while repair work is on in 112 roads.



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