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Cyclone Tauktae Recent Update: Budding Into Very Severe Cyclone, Says IMD; PM Modi To Review Preparedness

by RTD Journal

The Arabian Sea Depression is expected to develop into a “very strong cyclonic storm” with winds of 150-160 km/h gusting up to 175 km/h from May 16-19, according to the IMD’s Cyclone Warning Division. By the morning of May 18, it is expected to hit the Gujarat coast.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an important meeting on Saturday to assess cyclone preparedness, according to government sources. The meeting will be attended by top officers from various government agencies, including the National Disaster Management Authority, they said.

The National Disaster Response Force sent multiple teams to the ground following the cyclone alert. According to NDRF DG SN Pradhan, at least 24 teams are pre-deployed and 29 teams are on standby for Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra.

As the drought worsens, heavy rain continues to fall in Kerala. Given the low depression that had developed over Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea, the IMD had issued an alert of heavy rainfall earlier in the day. On May 14, authorities issued red warnings in many districts, including the capital Thiruvananthapuram. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned fishermen against venturing into the water.

Flooding is an especially serious problem in Chellanam, a coastal village in Ernakulam district, due to its proximity to the sea. Many homes in the village have already been flooded as a result of a combination of nonstop rain since Thursday morning and sea-erosion. For those who live in low-lying districts, the administration has set up a relief camp at St Mary’s Campus. Due to an increase in Covid cases in both the village and the district, segregated clinics have been set up for regular residents, those in quarantine, and those that have tested positive. Many locals, however, are also hesitant to visit relief camps for fear of the transmission of the deadly virus.

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