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Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updates: Storm approaches Gujarat coast, landfall process started and to continue for next 2 hours

 By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi

UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2021 09:38 PM IST

Cyclone Tauktae Live Tracking: With "very severe cyclonic storm" Tauktae headed towards Gujarat, gusty winds and heavy showers lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Monday as the force of storm has uprooted trees and disrupted local train services in the metropolis.

 

At least 150,000 people were on Monday evacuated from their homes in Gujarat to safe places ahead of the severe cyclonic storm Tauktae reaching the state and threatening wreak havoc.

 

As a precautionary measure, authorities closed ports and a main airport ahead of the cyclone's landfall on Monday which has killed at least 12 people so far.

 

Among the affected states, coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra have witnessed destruction and deaths due to severe storm which has uprooted trees and disrupted power supply.

 

"This will be the most severe cyclone to hit Gujarat in at least 20 years. This can be compared with the 1998 cyclone that hit Kandla and inflicted heavy damage," state revenue secretary Pankaj Kumar told news agency Reuters.

 

The 1998 cyclone that ravaged Gujarat killed at least 4,000 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, media reported at the time.

 

Cyclone Tauktae has increased pressure on local administrations already battered by a high caseload of Covid-19 infections and overwhelmed health infrastructure.

 

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said all measures were being taken to deal with the situation.

 

(Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/cyclone-tauktae-live-updates-gujarat-braces-for-severe-storm-in-20-years-strong-wind-and-heavy-showers-in-mumbai-101621241929391.html)