The Meteorological Administration of India issued an early warning on May 17 stating that the previously forecasted tropical cyclone “Tauktae cyclone” has risen from a “very severe” level to an “extremely severe” level. According to incomplete statistics from the local media, as of the morning of the 17th, severe weather such as strong storms and rain brought by the cyclone had killed at least 10 people and injured many others.
According to the CCTV news client, since the 15th, affected by the tropical cyclone “Tauktae cyclone”, the southern and western coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and other places have experienced strong winds and heavy rains one after another. Severe weather caused many villages in the coastal zone to be destroyed, and many trees were uprooted or broken by the waist.
According to the latest news released by the Meteorological Administration of India on the morning of the 17th, “Tauktae cyclone” is moving from south to north and northwest in the Arabian Sea about 200 kilometers off the west coast of India. It is expected to make landfall from Gujarat in western India on the night of the 17th or the early morning of the 18th. At that time, the maximum wind force near the center of the cyclone may reach 180 kilometers per hour.
The Meteorological Department has issued an orange warning to residents of the coastal zone, asking all fishing boats and other vessels not to go to sea for the time being.
Nearly 150,000 people in Gujarat have been evacuated to safety in an emergency, and flights and railway transportation in some cities in the relevant regions have also been suspended. Gujarat government officials also said that the local vaccine operation on the 17th and 18th is expected to be suspended.
According to reports, as of the morning of the 17th, the Indian National Disaster Emergency Response Force has sent nearly 100 emergency rescue teams to various states to prepare for disaster relief work. In addition, the Indian Air Force also announced that it has prepared 16 transport aircraft and 18 helicopters, and will rush for disaster relief depending on the situation.
India is still suffering from the second wave of coronavirus. The medical system is on the verge of collapse, hospital beds, oxygen, and medicine are in short supply, and tropical cyclone attacks will further complicate the local anti-epidemic situation.