Cyclone Tauktae


On Sunday, May 16th at 11 pm, the Cyclone Tautake took place in Karnataka, India. This was a extremely dangerous storm. The Very Severe Cyclone Tauke is barrelling towards Gujarat at around 19 kmph with an estimated intensity of more than 150 kmph. As per the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the storm has already attained the intensity of an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with a wind speed of 185 kmph gusting to 232 kmph.Stormy winds and heavy rains caused by Cyclone Tauktae claimed two lives and uprooted more than 1,000 trees in Goa, disrupting normal life and road traffic and causing a power outage in most parts of the coastal state on Sunday. As stated in an article, “Two people lost their lives because of the cyclone.

This massive storm resulted in 12 deaths across West Coast of India as Cuclone Tauke brushes pask Karnataka, Kerala, Goa,  and Maharastra. A woman of around 30-35 years died after a coconut tree fell on her at Mapusa town Another accident occurred at Marcel where two youth were going on a scooter and an electric pole fell on them and one of them lost his life while he was being rushed to hospital,” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told a press conference. As reported today on May 19, 2021, there are still 65 total people that are missing after a massive barge sinks off Mumbai during Cyclone Tauktae. Along with this, that number just keeps rising as Indian Navy searches for 75 missing at sea after the deadly Cylclone hits West Coast.

         Cyclone Tauktae, the biggest to hit the region in decades, made landfall in Gujarat at around 8.30 pm on Monday, packing winds with speeds of 155-165 kilometres per hour, gusting to 190 km/hour. After the landfall ended around midnight, the weather office downgraded the storm from ‘extremely severe’ to ‘very severe’. It later said in a tweet that the cyclone was weakening further. In Karnataka, eight people died due to cyclone-related incidents. According to a report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, 121 villages in seven districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Belagavi have been affected by the cyclone. In Kerala, seven people died and nearly 1,500 houses were damaged, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted late Monday.

As article states, “National Disaster Response Force chief SN Pradhan told NDTV on Monday that doctors and medical staff had been sent to the affected states along with 100 rescue and relief teams. Only Covid-vaccinated personnel were deployed, he added. The teams are equipped with machines that can cut through fallen trees. In cyclone shelters, social distancing and other anti-Covid rules are being enforced.” The Gujarat government has deployed teams from several departments to provide rescue and relief. Special arrangements have been made in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients to ensure uninterrupted electricity. Hundreds of ambulances have been kept on standby to shift patients in cases of emergency, news agency PTI reported.

 In Bardez, 31 houses have been destroyed, while in Mormugao, the storm has knocked down 36 houses. Power Minister Nilesh Cabral said that feeder electrical lines from other states have been damaged in the state, which has resulted in a severe power outage. Konkan Railway said that rail traffic was affected by the cyclonic winds and rain with uprooted trees blocking the railway track in at least five places in the state. As numbers keep rising, there are offically 13 people that are known to be dead and their bodies have been found. Along with that, there is a total of 16,000 houses that have been destroyed due to this strom and all of these numbers will most likely rise even higher again as time goes on.