India is evacuating thousands of people from the low-lying areas of its west coast, as a powerful cyclone ‘Tauktae’ killed at least six people in the state of Gujarat on Tuesday morning. The cyclone formed in the Arabian Sea brought with it heavy rains and winds, causing damage to homes and uprooting many trees in parts of western and southern India.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement, “It is expected to intensify and move north-northwestwards during 24 hours. It is likely to reach Gujarat coast in the evening of 17 May.” The cyclone is expected to cross Gujarat with a speed of 175 km per hour.
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>> Due to the cyclone, rains have started in some areas of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra.
Maharashtra: Light spell of rain and gusty winds seen in in view of Cyclone Tauktae; early morning visuals from wadala area of mumbai pic.twitter.com/ZD1SZ4r0e5
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The Gujarat government said in a statement that about one and a half lakh people would be evacuated from the villages and low-lying areas along the coast. According to the statements of officials, at least six people have been killed in the western states of Goa and Karnataka as the cyclone moves north. Further south, 31 boats registered in Tamil Nadu were missing. A Coast Guard official has given this information to the news agency Reuters.
The Meteorological Department has also warned that due to the cyclone, there may be flooding in some ways. Railway services were also expected to be disrupted till May 21. The National Disaster Management Committee also chaired a meeting with various states on Sunday and said that around 80 disaster management teams have been deployed in various states.
Army, Navy and Coast Guard rescue and relief teams have also been deployed along with ships and aircraft. “All measures are being taken to evacuate people from the cyclone affected areas so that no one is killed,” the government said in a statement.