Mumbai: According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Tauktae intensified into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ on Sunday. It is moving north-northwestwards and will cross the coast of Gujarat on May 18, the IMD added. Teams of Navy, IAF, NDRF, SDRF have been deployed to multiple states for rescue operations. KS Hosalikar, scientist at India Meteorological Department said that Cyclone Tauktae intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm about 700 kilometres South East of Veraval in Gujarat.
While Cyclone Tauktae will hit a a number of coastal states on Sunday, below are some websites for you to track and monitor the movement of the cyclone:
To track this severe cyclonic storm, one can click on mausam.imd.gov. for the live tracking. The website is developed by the Ministry of Earth Sciences and permits you to monitor all kinds of cyclone including Tauktae. To track, you just need to Google search the name of the website and click on cyclone option > tap on track cyclone to get the live updates.
One of the most reliable websites to check the live tracking of Tauktae is www.rsmcnewdelhi.imd.gov.in. The website stands for Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for Typical Cyclone Over North Indian Ocean. The website is created by India’s Meteorological Department – Ministry of Earth Sciences and it allows to track cyclones in the country. The website provides real-time updates with maps and other graphics related to the cyclone.
To track the status of Tauktae, you can visit www.cyclostorm.com and the homepage will show all information related to the cyclone. For further details, you can click on the cyclone icon displayed on the website. The site permits to track all the ongoing tropical cyclone, typhoon and hurricane bulletins, and satellite and radar images globally. It also gives zone-wise information about the cyclone.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has already added its seven services to the UMANG application. This official IMD app will offer most services, and will inform users of any imminent dangers based on their location. The app also allows to track the movement and speed of severe Tauktae cyclone. The app is available on both Android and iOS.
IMPACT ON SEVERAL STATES
Mumbai can expect heavy showers from Sunday noon with high wind speed, according to officials from the weather department. The city's civic body on Saturday decided to shift many COVID patients from three jumbo centres as a precautionary measure. The weather department has also asked fishermen to avoid heading to Arabian Sea till Tuesday while tourism activities have been suspended and necessary precautions have been advised for naval operations.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also held a meeting on Saturday to review preparedness. "CM Shri @vijayrupanibjp held a review meeting with senior officials on the preparedness of state administration in view of #CycloneTauktae forecast and instructed officials to make all possible arrangements with 'Zero Casualty' approach in the wake of prevailing Corona situation (sic)," his office tweeted.
Another coastal state, Goa has activated life-saving machinery on its beaches. In a message shared on twitter, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, "In view of Cyclone Tauktae, the state has activated its lifesaving machinery on beaches. NDRF team comprising 22 personnel carrying lifesaving equipment has arrived. Also, control rooms have been formed at District and Taluka level."
The severe hit the coast of Karnataka on Saturday, informed the state's home minister. "Cyclone Tauktae has hit the Karnataka coast. Two NDRF teams are there. We are also deploying three SDRF teams. 1,000 people will be working round the clock in three coastal districts of Karnataka," state home minister Basavaraj Bommai was quoted as saying by ANI.
NDRF, INDIAN NAVY READY
The Indian Navy on Saturday said that it provided help to flood hit villages of Malaghapady, Companypadi, and Maruvakkad in Chellanam panchayat in Kochi, Kerala. As per the Southern Naval Command, teams started rescue of personnel, provisioning of food and water and shifting of people trapped in houses to relief camp multiple locations.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials had already informed that they are well prepared for Cyclone Tauktae and 53 teams have been formed for the purpose. The NDRF officials stated that 24 teams have been pre-deployed, and 29 are on standby, ready for the most vulnerable states including Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.