Cyclonic Storm Tauktae is a tropical cyclone that is currently active and strengthening in India, threatening the state of Gujarat and affecting the states of Karnataka and Goa. Evidently, Tauktae originated from a tropical disturbance that came into notice by the Indian Meteorological Department on May 13. Additionally, “It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of 17th (May) and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around 18th May early morning,” the IMD said.
Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the readiness of states, central ministries, and agencies to deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae. The PM directs them to take every action to ensure that the people are safe. Besides, as a precaution, the Western Railway has canceled 56 trains. These trains originate or terminate in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region.
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How to stay safe during cyclone Taukate
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a list of dos and don’ts for Cyclone Tauktae. Moreover, up to 100 rescue teams have been deployed for the six states that are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm: Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Goa.
Furthermore, “Ignore rumours, stay calm and don’t panic,” the Disaster Management Authority said as it advised people to follow weather updates on radio, TV and newspaper.
Important precautions to take before cyclone:
- Ignore rumors, stay calm, don’t panic
- Keep your mobile phones charged, use SMS
- Listen to the radio, watch TV, read the newspaper for weather updates
- Keep your documents and valuables in waterproof containers
- Prepare an emergency kit
- Secure your house; carry out repairs; don’t leave sharp objects loose.
- Untie cattle/animal to ensure their safety
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Important precautions to take During and after Cyclone
- Switch off electrical mains, gas supply
- Keep doors and windows shut
- If your house is unsafe, leave early before the onset of a cyclone
- Listen to radio
- Drink boiled water
- Rely only on official warnings
- Do not enter damaged buildings
- Watch out for broken electrical poles or wires, and other sharp objects
- Seek a safe shelter as soon as possible
Other useful tips to stay safe during cyclone
- Check with the experts if your area falls under the cyclone range.
- Cut the treetops and branches around your house to avoid damage
- Also, check the local news updates and warnings
- Prepare your safety kit
- Make a kit that contains essentials like a torch, spare batteries, dried/canned food, water.
- Keep a first aid box handy that has all essential medicines, band-aids, bandages, gauze, antiseptic liquid, and ointment.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display.
- Put your important documents in a waterproof kit.
- Keep their contacts handy.
Amit Shah holds meeting with Gujarat and Maharashtra CMs, reviews preparedness
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday held a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Maharashtra and Administrator of Daman and Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli. Additionally, the meeting was held to assess the preparedness of states and Union Territories and Central Ministries and agencies concerned, to deal with the situation arising out of cyclone ‘Tauktae’.
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Moreover, during the meeting, Maharashtra CM said jumbo Covid-19 centers and other facilities can protect patients from rain. But, as a preventive measure, some patients have been moved from Mumbai to other safe places. Furthermore, he said that all precautions have been taken to ensure that oxygen production plants along the coast and oxygen transport to the rest of the state are unaffected. “Officials of the electricity and public works departments are also on alert,” he further added.
Besides, the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is likely to intensify over the next 24 hours. Moreover, it is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) early on May 18th.
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