Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to chief ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat to take stock of the situation in the states as Cyclone Tauktae leaves a trail of destruction. Six people died and 17 were injured in Maharashtra due to the cyclone.
Notably, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Monday said that wind speeds due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm touched 114 km per hour in Mumbai, the highest ever for the city in any recent record.
Under the impact of the cyclone, trees got uprooted and streets are waterlogged in different parts of Mumbai. The city has been experiencing heavy rainfall and strong winds throughout the day. The closure of flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai has been extended till 8 pm on Monday.
Local train services were hit due to the cyclone and the Bandra-Worli sea-link was closed for traffic, causing inconvenience to Mumbaikars.
Aaditya Thackeray said, “We are focusing on clearing waterlogging in Mumbai. Repairs of jumbo centres will be done over the next ten days to prepare them for the monsoon. Such a cyclone has not been witnessed in Mumbai in the past. We are trying to ensure there is no loss of human life. The Centre and state governments are working together.”
The Indian Army is continuously monitoring the cyclone situation for likely intensity, maximum impact areas and anticipated relief effort in coordination with the civil administration, meteorological department, National Disaster Response Force, Navy and other agencies.
Tauktae to enter Gujarat
Multiple casualties have been reported by Karnataka and Goa due to the cyclone which is all set to enter Gujarat between Porbandar and Mahuva tonight between 10 pm and 11 pm. As of 4.30 pm, the storm was over eastcentral and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea at a distance of 190 km from Mumbai and 90 km from Diu.
At the time of landfall, the maximum sustained wind speed is expected to be around 155-165 km per hour.
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