Cyclone Tauktae LIVE: Landfall process has begun in Gujarat, says IMD
Police personnel guard near the coastline ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Tauktae, in Veraval
Cyclone Tauktae LIVE updates: A very severe cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour began making landfall on the Gujarat coast on Monday night, after dumping heavy rains in Mumbai, forcing the evacuation of over 150,000 people in Gujarat and leaving two barges with 410 people on board adrift in the Arabian Sea.
As a precuationary measure, major airports in the state shutdown operations till Tuesday.
Meanwhile, more than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) on Monday after the private airport operator was forced to suspend all air services at 11 am due to cyclone ‘Tauktae’. These cancellations apart, some seven incoming flights were also diverted to various airports. The CSMIA for the fourth time in the day extended the closure of operations till 10 pm after first announcing that the airport will remain closed for three hours, starting 11 am.
Earlier in the day, at least six people lost their lives so far in the Cyclone Tauktae-hit coastal and surrounding Malnad districts of Karnataka. According to a situation report by Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials, till this morning, 121 villages and 22 taluks have been affected by the cyclone so far.
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