Cabinet secretary holds high-level meeting on Cyclone Tauktae

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A high-level meeting chaired by Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, was held on Sunday afternoon to check the disaster preparedness of five potentially hit states (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerela ) authorities’ for the threat of cyclone tauktae.  The movement of the cyclone is From the west coast to Gujarat. The meeting was also attended by secretaries of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Energy, Shipping, Telecommunications, Civil Aviation, Fisheries, the Chairman of the Railway Committee, the Secretary of the NDMA member and other officials. According to the Indian Meteorological Service (IMD), Tauktae, which has escalated into a "very severe cyclone storm", will cross the coast of Gujarat early in the morning on May 18.

The IMD this afternoon tweeted that, “The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” (pronounced as Tau’Te) centred at 0830 hours IST of today over east central Arabian Sea about 120 km west-southwest of Panjim-Goa, 420 km south of Mumbai, 660 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat) and 810 km southeast of Karachi(Pakistan).”

The states concerned informed the Central Committee about the preparatory measures to combat the cyclone storm. Adequate supplies of food grain, clean water and other essential supplies have been organized and preparations have been made to maintain essential services such as energy and telecommunications.

NDRF has deployed 79 teams with 22 additional teams and even defence rescue teams are ready to come up when required. Gauba asked state officials to take all measures to evacuate people in the cyclone hit areas so as to ensure zero loss of life and damage. Fishermen are provided with  advisory to not venture into the waters till May 18. The Gujarat coast and Diu’s parts are likely to be inundated by tidal waves of more than three-metres high at the time of the landfall, according to IMD.SDMA Karnataka informed about the losses in the state by mentioning 4 deaths and damage in 73 villages in the meeting. Even the coastal districts of Maharashtra have been on high alert as informed by CM of Maharashtra to Amit shah this morning.

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