Cyclone 'Tauktae' has intensified into an “extremely severe” cyclonic storm and is likely to reach the coast of Gujarat on Monday, 17 May, evening, the weather department said.
According to a release by the India Meteorological Department, the cyclone will cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva between 8 pm to 11 pm as a “very severe” cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Tauktae lashed the Maharashtra coast on Sunday, uprooting scores of trees, and light-poles and causing other minor damage, but there were no reports of any casualties, officials said.
After Goa, the cyclone targeted the Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts as it moved towards Raigad, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts while whirling towards the Gujarat south coast, reported IANS.
In Mumbai, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cancelled the scheduled three-day vaccination drive starting Monday and the schedule has now been pushed ahead by a day, said Municipal Commissioner IS Chahal.
In a precautionary move, the Indian Coast Guard ensured the safe return of around 5,600 boats which had gone for fishing in the Arabian Seas besides re-routing 335 merchant ships in the vicinity of the cyclone path.
Meanwhile, six people died in separate incidents across coastal and central Karnataka due to heavy rains and gusty winds triggered by Cyclone Tauktae over the last 24 hours, an official said on Sunday.
(With inputs from IANS)
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