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Cyclone Tauktae highlights: Cyclone wreaks havoc on crops; mango, banana plantations worst hit in Gujarat

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Cyclone Tauktae highlights : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and Diu on Wednesday to personally review the situation there and the damage wrought by cyclone Tauktae, government sources said. He will leave Delhi at around 9:30 AM and land at Bhavnagar from where he will proceed for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, they said. Modi will also hold a review meeting at Ahmedabad.

Cyclone Tauktae highlights: Cyclone wreaks havoc on crops; mango, banana plantations worst hit in Gujarat
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  • Gujarat: Cyclone wreaks havoc on crops; mango, banana plantations worst hit

    Cyclone Tauktae, which claimed the lives of 45 persons in Gujarat, has also caused a huge damage to standing summer crops, with the Kesar variety of mango that is mainly grown in the coastal districts of Gir Somnath and Junagadh, bearing its brunt along with the coconut and banana plantations in parts of the state, farmers said. Coconut plantations in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar, and banana plantations in Bharuch, Tapi, Vadodara, Anand and parts of Kheda, among other districts, were badly hit, in addition to other standing summer crops, they said.

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  • Rain, thundershowers recorded in parts of UP

    Light to moderate rain or thundershower was recorded at several places in Uttar Pradesh, Met officials said on Wednesday. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning occurred at a few places in eastern part of the state and at isolated places in the western part, it said.

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  • Aerial survey: NCP asks if PM Modi 'singling out' Gujarat; Sanjay Raut takes dig

    The NCP, which is one of the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), on Wednesday wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Gujarat and Diu amounted to discrimination against Maharashtra which too was affected by the cyclonic storm. Taking a dig, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the PM was not conducting an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas in Maharashtra because he knew that the state is led by a strong chief minister unlike in his home state Gujarat.

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  • PM Modi undertakes aerial survey of Cyclone Tauktae affected areas in Gujarat

    PM takes stock of relief work underway across the state.
    PM Modi expresses solidarity with the people of Gujarat.
    PM announces financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore for immediate relief activities in the state.
    Union government will deploy an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the state to assess the extent of damage in the state.
    Centre assures all help for restoration and rebuilding of the infrastructure in the affected areas
    PM also takes stock of COVID-19 situation in Gujarat.
    Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured due to Cyclone Tauktae would be given to all those affected across India.

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs review meeting to evaluate damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat: Official.

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  •  Rescued workmen from barge recall horror in sea

    Battling tidal waves as high as 10 metres and strong winds while trying to stay afloat in the cyclone-hit rough Arabian Sea for almost 12 hours, workmen rescued from a sinking barge near here narrated their horrifying experience in their quest for survival. Some of them said they had almost lost the hope of making it alive back home. The warship INS Kochi arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday with 125 workmen rescued from barge P305, an accommodation barge that sank amid the cyclone Tauktae fury. Of the 273 people on the ill-fated barge, 184 have been rescued so far by the Indian Navy.

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  • 22 dead, 65 missing from barge; 186 rescued

    As many as 22 out of the 75 people missing from the barge that sank in the Arabian Sea after getting caught in a severe cyclonic storm are confirmed dead, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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  • Heavy rainfall expected at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, rest parts of Uttar Pradesh, northeast Rajasthan and north Madhya Pradesh today: India Meteorological Department (IMD)

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  • PM Modi takes stock of situation in Gujarat and Diu

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertakes aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae

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  • 22 out of 75 missing from sunk barge confirmed dead: Sources

    22 out of the 75 people missing from the barge that sank after getting caught in a severe cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea are confirmed dead, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. "Bodies of 22 persons have been fished out and they are being brought to shore," a source said. There are 53 persons still missing, he said. The barge 'Papaa-305' had 261 persons on board when it got caught in the storm. Of these, 186 persons were rescued.

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  • East coast may see formation of cyclone; likely to hit WB, Odisha coast by May 27

    After the west coast, another cyclone is likely to hit the east coast by May 26-27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday. A low pressure area is very likely to form over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal around May 22. "It is very likely to intensify gradually into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 72 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and reach West Bengal - Odisha coasts around 26th May evening," the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said. It added that the southwest monsoon is very likely to advance over south Andaman Sea and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal around May 21 in association with the likely strengthening and deepening of southwesterly winds over the region. 

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  • Cyclone Tauktae: Southern districts in Rajasthan receive heavy rains

    Cyclone Tauktae has triggered heavy rains in southern districts of Rajasthan in the last 24 hours while it is expected to weaken in the next 12 hours, Met officials said on Wednesday.  The cyclonic storm entered southern Rajasthan late on Tuesday night causing heavy rains in the region and it was centred 60 km southwest of Udaipur on Wednesday morning, a spokesman of the regional Meteorological Department said. In the next 12 hours, the cyclone is expected to weaken and turn into a low pressure area and move to northeast Rajasthan, he said. The cyclone caused 'heavy' to 'very heavy' rainfall at some places in the southern districts of the state in the last 24 hours, as per the Met department.

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  • Cyclone Tauktae death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat: Official

    As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone Tauktae across 12 districts of Gujarat, officials said Wednesday. Fifteen deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, the worst affected in the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and completed landfall around 1.30 am Tuesday, officials said. Eight people each were killed in Bhavnagar and Gir Somnath coastal districts, an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre said.

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  • Fourteen die after barge sinks as cyclone batters India’s west coast

    Fourteen people have died as a barge sank off India’s west coast after a powerful cyclone barrelled into the country, authorities said on Wednesday, while Indian navy ships and aircraft scoured waters to locate scores of other missing personnel.

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  • Southern districts in Rajasthan receive heavy rains

    Cyclone Tauktae has triggered heavy rains in southern districts of Rajasthan in the last 24 hours while it is expected to weaken in the next 12 hours, Met officials said on Wednesday. The cyclonic storm entered southern Rajasthan late on Tuesday night causing heavy rains in the region and it was centred 60 km southwest of Udaipur on Wednesday morning, a spokesman of the regional Meteorological Department said. In the next 12 hours, the cyclone is expected to weaken and turn into a low pressure area and move to northeast Rajasthan, he said. The cyclone caused 'heavy' to 'very heavy' rainfall at some places in the southern districts of the state in the last 24 hours, as per the Met department. Veja of Dungarpur recorded 232 mm of rainfall, Kanwa received 144 mm rainfall, Deval 142 mm, Dungarpur tehsil 139 mm and 133 mm rainfall was recorded in Dhambola, it added. Light rain accompanied by gusty winds was recorded in Jaipur on Tuesday night as well as on Wednesday morning. The state capital recorded more than 38.5 mm rainfall during this period which led to a significant drop in the maximum temperature, the spokesman said.

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  • NCP wonders: Why PM not surveying cyclone-hit areas in Maharashtra?

    The NCP on Wednesday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not visiting areas of Maharashtra hit by cyclonic storm Tauktae, even as he was conducting an aerial survey of some of the cyclone-affected parts of neighbouring Gujarat and Diu. Is this not "clear cut discrimination"? Maharashtra minister and NCP's national spokesperson Nawab Malik wondered. Before making a landfall in Gujarat late Monday night, the cyclone had claimed seven lives and caused damages in parts of Maharashtra, particularly in its coastal areas. Prime Minister Modi reached Bhavnagar in Gujarat on Wednesday to review the situation in the state in the aftermath of the cyclone and proceeded for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, an official said.

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  • NCP wonders: Why PM not surveying cyclone-hit areas in Maharashtra?

    The NCP on Wednesday asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not visiting areas of Maharashtra hit by cyclonic storm Tauktae, even as he was conducting an aerial survey of some of the cyclone-affected parts of neighbouring Gujarat and Diu. Is this not "clear cut discrimination"? Maharashtra minister and NCP's national spokesperson Nawab Malik wondered. Before making a landfall in Gujarat late Monday night, the cyclone had claimed seven lives and caused damages in parts of Maharashtra, particularly in its coastal areas. Prime Minister Modi reached Bhavnagar in Gujarat on Wednesday to review the situation in the state in the aftermath of the cyclone and proceeded for an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva, an official said.

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  • IMD issues orange alert for Delhi; 'very heavy' rain likely in some parts

    The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued an orange alert for Delhi, predicting "heavy" to "very heavy" rainfall in parts of the capital with winds gusting up to 60 kilometers per hour. In an impact-based advisory, it predicted waterlogging in low-lying areas, traffic disruption and uprooting of small plants. "Possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places" as a result of interaction between the remnant of cyclonic storm Tauktae and a Western Disturbance, the IMD said. Rainfall recorded below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate, between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm is heavy and between 115.6 mm and 204.4 mm is very heavy. Anything above 204.4 mm is considered extremely heavy rainfall. Rainfall activity is very likely to decrease on Thursday. Scattered to fairly widespread rain is predicted in the capital, it said. In the past 24 hours ending at 8:30 am, the city registered 1.8 mm rainfall, the weather department said. The rainfall and gusty winds on Wednesday brought the maximum temperature down to 30.8 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest in the month of May in four years, according to IMD data. Delhi's air quality had improved to the 'satisfactory' category on Tuesday, the first time since September last year, due to rainfall and strong winds, according to the Central Pollution Control Board data. The city had recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 93 on Tuesday. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 severe, while an AQI above 500 falls in the severe plus category.

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  • Cyclone Tauktae: Barge P305 reaches Mumbai

    INS Kochi has entered Mumbai carrying rescued personnel of Barge P305. Names conveyed to ONGC/ Afcons. They can be contacted for details on the following numbers:-

    AFCONS Helpdesk and Support Team:
    Karandeep Singh - +919987548113, 022-71987192
    Prasun Goswami - 8802062853

    ONGC Helpline:
    022-2627 4019
    022-2627 4020
    022-2627 4021

    Cyclone Tauktae highlights: Cyclone wreaks havoc on crops; mango, banana plantations worst hit in Gujarat
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  • Rescue operations continue, navy saves another 300 lives

    Operations can be challenging but our work is to ensure that we prepare for contingency. We've been able to save another 300 lives at sea. 2 other vessels were in distress, they were about to abandon ship & we assured them support. The rescue operations continue. Our ships & aircraft are at work. Not only Navy but also Coast Guard, ONGC ships are working. It is a joint operation, not only Navy but others are also helping us: Commodore Manoj Jha, who led rescue operations off Mumbai coast

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  • IMF predicts light to moderate intensity rains and winds in Delhi-NCR

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  • Tauktae is to weaken further in next 12 hours

    Cyclone "Tauktae" is very likely to move north-eastwards and weaken gradually into a well-marked low-pressure area during next 12 hours, the India Meteorological Department said. Remnant of the system is very likely to move further north-eastwards across Rajasthan to west Uttar Pradesh during the next two days, said National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The deep depression (remnant of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae) over Gujarat region moved north-eastwards with a speed of about seven kmph during past six hours, weakened into a depression and lay centered at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday near latitude 24.3 degree north and longitude 73.3 degree east over south Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat region, about 60 kms west-southwest of Udaipur (Rajasthan) and 110 km east-northeast of Deesa (Gujarat region). Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over east Rajasthan on Wednesday.

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  • 184 people have been rescued in Mumbai

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  • Tauktae weakens into cyclonic storm; leaves trail of destruction in parts of Gujarat; 13 dead

    Tauktae, characterised as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday, has now weakened into a "cyclonic storm" and will gradually become a "deep depression" as it moves northwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Even as Tauktae's intensity weakened, it left behind a trail of destruction with as many as 13 people losing their lives in different parts of Gujarat, including Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Patan, Amreli and Valsad, officials said. Over 16,000 houses were damaged, more than 40,000 trees and over 70,000 electric poles uprooted, while 5,951 villages faced total power blackout due to the cyclonic storm in Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.

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  • Tauktae tears up Gujarat coast; 13 dead, 16,000 houses damaged
    As many as 13 people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae pummelled parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles, trees and damaging thousands of houses and roads, officials said on Tuesday. In what was one of the worst cyclones faced by the state, Tauktae triggered heavy rains in many parts along its way from the Saurashtra coast to North Gujarat with as many as 46 talukas receiving over 100 mm of downpour, while 12 of them recorded 150 mm to 175 mm of rains.

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  • Strong winds kill 4 people in Pakistan
    Pakistan's biggest city Karachi was hit by gusty winds and a dust storm on Tuesday under the influence of the Tauktae cyclone in the region which left four people dead. At least 13 people were killed in Gujarat in India as the cyclone battered parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles and trees, and damaging several houses and roads. Cyclone Tauktae hit Gujarat coast on Monday night as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm", bringing heavy rains to the state. Earlier, the cyclone had battered the entire west coast. Rescue officials in Pakistan confirmed that at least four people were killed in roof collapse incidents after Karachi was hit by a dust storm followed by light rain in many parts of the city.

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Cyclone Tauktae highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gujarat and Diu on Wednesday to personally review the situation there and the damage wrought by cyclone Tauktae,.
The cyclonic storm Tauktae could cause heavy rains in seven districts of Rajasthan on May 19, weather officials said on Tuesday. The cyclone, expected to enter the state by late Tuesday night, will weaken by May 20, said Radhey Shyam Sharma, regional director of the meteorological department. The seven districts likely to bear the brunt of it are Jalore, Sirohi, Udaipur, Pali, Dungarpur, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand in the southern part of the state. Rainfall is also expected in parts of the Jaipur division, said Sharma.

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