A dozen houses are fully or partially flooded in Kandakkadavu, Kerela, more than a score of houses are under threat in Maruvakkad and bazaar areas, where seawall has collapsed.
More than 50 teams of the NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) are on duty in the states of Kerela, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Cyclone storm Tauktae, likely to intensify in next few hours into a “severe cyclonic storm” may hit Gujarat coast by Tuesday, as per the IMD. This is the first cyclonic storm this year as India fights a deadly second wave of Covid.
The name “Tauktae” has been given by Myanmar, which means “gecko”, meaning a highly vocal lizard in Burmese. Tropical cyclones are officially named by one of its warning centers spread across the globe under the aegis of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
“Very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall “causing flash floods and landslides” over the coastal districts of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa till Sunday and Saurashtra, Kutch in Gujarat on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected”, the India Meteorological Department has said.
Red and orange alerts have been sounded in various parts. Low-lying areas of the Islands of Lakshadweep are likely to get flooded.
Fishermen have been asked to avoid heading to Arabian Sea till Tuesday, tourism activities have been restricted and necessary precautions have been advised for naval operations in anticipation of rough sea.
Indian Navy’s ships aircraft, helicopters, diving and disaster relief teams are on standby for “rendering full support to state administrations as the cyclonic storm approaches western coasts,” the spokesperson has asserted.
The cyclone is likely to cause rain – of varying intensity -in parts of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan too.
In the wake of cyclone Tauktae, Airlines Vistara and Indigo on Saturday issued travel advisories stating that some of their flights are likely to get impacted. As per the advisory issues by Vistara, flights to and from Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Ahmadabad might be impacted till May 17 due to the adverse weather conditions expected over the Arabian Sea triggered by cyclone Tauktae. Indigo in its tweet advised the passengers to visit Paln B to opt for alternate options or get a refund.
As situation is likely to worsen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a review meet this evening. According to IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) the low pressure area in Arabian Sea has intensified into severe depression and even though Kerela is not in the predicted path of cyclone, heavy rains, strong winds and strong sea gusts are expected in the state till May 16.