Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall close to Gujarat coast

New Delhi: The landfall process of Cyclone Tauktae lies close to the Gujarat coast has started and will continue during the next 2 hours, informed the Indian Meteorological Department, (IMD).

An extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae had been barreling towards the Gujarat coast, dumping heavy rains on Mumbai. Six persons were killed in Maharashtra’s Konkan region in separate incidents.

The “extremely severe cyclonic storm” was expected to cross the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva in Bhavnagar district between 8 pm and 11 pm on Monday, according to the IMD.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 44 teams in Gujarat where landfall of the cyclone has begun. The NDRF said it has evacuated thousands of stranded people in the last three days in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman and Diu in view of Cyclone Tauktae.

10 teams in Maharashtra, nine teams in Kerala, eight teams in Tamil Nadu, three teams in Karnataka, three teams in Daman & Diu, one team in Dadra Nagar & Haveli and one team in Goa have been deployed.

Barring the Rajkot airport, which will remain shut for flights till May 19, other three major airports – Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara – will remain closed for both domestic and international flights till Tuesday, officials said.

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