New Delhi: Amid the ongoing Coronavirus crisis another disaster is eyeing India as cyclone Tauktae (pronounced as Tau’Te) is ready to hit the Indian West Coast.
India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said that the cyclonic storm Tauktae over east-central and adjoining southeast the Arabian Sea moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 11 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 8:30 (local time) of today.
“It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next six hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Central Water Commission has also issued an ‘orange bulletin’ for Kerala and Tamil Nadu and predicted a severe flood situation in these two states.
Reports said more than 50 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on duty in five states in anticipation of the storm.
According to the IMD, very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is expected to “cause flash floods and landslides” over some coastal districts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a high-level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone ‘Tauktae’.
Officials said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a review meeting over the cyclonic situation on Saturday evening.
Fishermen have been asked to avoid venturing into the Arabian Sea until Tuesday and restrictions have been imposed on tourism activities in the sea.
Meanwhile, the Indian navy’s aircraft, helicopters, diving and disaster relief teams have been kept on standby for rendering full support to the local governments in case of the cyclonic storm. Enditem