Cyclone Tauktae hit the coast of Gujarat at a speed of 185 kmph. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued. On the other hand, wind and rain are still prevailing in many places in the coastal areas of Maharashtra.
Cyclone Tauktae hit the coast of Gujarat on Monday night (May 17). The cyclone’s speed was 185 kilometers per hour. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Cyclone Tauktae hit the ground in about two hours. The cyclone uprooted trees in many parts of Gujarat. After the storm, it is raining heavily along with the gusts of wind.
More than 1.5 lakh people were evacuated from Gujarat in the wake of the cyclone. In addition, 54 teams of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed for relief and rescue operations. As a precautionary measure, 17 coronary patients on oxygen were shifted from the ICU of the hospital in Porbandar to other hospitals as a precaution.
The most powerful cyclone in Gujarat in the last 23 years
According to the meteorological department, Cyclone Tauktae is the strongest hurricane to hit Gujarat in the last 23 years. The cyclone has trapped 410 people in two large ships and rescue operations are underway with the help of three naval vessels.
Cyclone Tauktae in Maharashtra
Meanwhile, before reaching Gujarat, the storm caused great damage in Maharashtra. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the cyclone killed six people and injured several others in the state. Besides, four animals have also been slaughtered. It is still raining with gusty winds in many parts of Mumbai.