Lucknow: The effect of Cyclonic Storm Tauktae, which is wreaking havoc in Maharashtra and other western coastal areas, has started appearing in North India as well. The Meteorological Department says that there is a possibility of rain in most areas of North India in the coming days.
Rainfall in North India on 19-20 May
JP Gupta, director of the zonal weather centre in Lucknow, said that due to Cyclonic Storm Tauktae on May 19, most areas of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi-NCR are likely to get rain. is. He told that during the next 24 hours, strong winds and dust storms will also run in some places. Along with this storm, the western disturbance will also show its effect. Due to which the process of rain is expected to continue till May 20.
According to the Meteorological Department, there was light rain and drizzle in some parts of the state in the last 24 hours. During this period, the day temperature in the Gorakhpur division increased significantly. The maximum temperature increase was recorded in Gorakhpur, Prayagraj, Bareilly and Meerut divisions. During this time, Banda was the hottest place in the state, where the maximum temperature was 42.6 degrees Celsius.
The storm hit the Gujarat coast
On the other hand, Cyclonic Storm Tauktae hit the Gujarat coast on Monday night. During this time the winds are moving at a speed of 185 kilometres per hour. Earlier, due to the cyclone, there was heavy rainfall in Mumbai as well. When the cyclone hit Gujarat, more than 1.5 lakh people had to be evacuated to safe places. At the same time, in Mumbai, two boats have gone off the coast in the Arabian Sea, on which 410 people are aboard.
To tackle the situation in Gujarat, 54 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed. An official said that 17 Corona patients were shifted from Porbandar Civil Hospital to other hospitals given the cyclone ‘TaukTe’.
CM Vijay Rupani’s meeting
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a meeting with the collectors of the coastal districts and took stock of the situation. After the meeting, he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are in touch with the state government. He has assured all possible help. The Army, Navy and Air Force have been asked to be ready to assist the administration if needed.
Let us tell you that there was a big loss due to a major cyclone in Gujarat on 9 June 1998. In that cyclone, a large number of people died in the port city of Kandla. Official figures put the death toll at 1,173, while 1,774 had gone missing. At the same time, a leading news magazine had claimed that at least 4,000 people were killed in it and countless had gone missing as the bodies were washed away in the sea.
Navy starts rescue operations
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy on Monday deployed its three frontline warships INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Talwar after receiving a message to rescue 410 people aboard two boats off the Mumbai coast. Naval spokesman Commander Vivek Madhwal said, “On receiving information that the ferry ‘P305’ was off the coast of the Diamond Oil Fields in Bombay High area, INS Kochi was dispatched for rescue and search operations. There were 273 people aboard the boat. ”The oil field is about 70 km southwest of Mumbai.
A naval officer said, “Another triennial message was received from GAL Constructor, a boat located at a distance of eight nautical miles from Mumbai, on which 137 people are on board. After this, INS Kolkata has been sent for assistance.” A Navy spokesman in Mumbai said at night that rescue operations were being carried out at Barge 305 in the midst of bad weather.
The Indian Coast Guard said it rescued 12 fishermen stranded about 35 nautical miles from the Kochi coast amid the turbulent sea on the night of 16 May due to the cyclone.
Strong winds in Maharashtra and Goa
As the Cyclonic Storm Tauktae moved towards Gujarat in the north, heavy rains and high seas rose in the sea along with the strong winds in the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Goa. Body officials said that winds moved at a speed of 114 km per hour in Mumbai on Monday afternoon as the cyclonic storm passed close to the Mumbai coast. Senior Director of IMD Mumbai, Shubhangi Bhute said that the highest speed of the wind was recorded at 108 kmph at the Colaba Observatory in the afternoon.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday took stock of the situation in Mumbai, Thane and other coastal districts of the state given the cyclonic storm. It is raining heavily in Mumbai. Because of this, more than 12,000 citizens have been shifted from coastal areas to safer places. These included 8,380 in Raigad district, 3,896 in Ratnagiri and 144 in Sindhudurg district.