New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that The Taute (tauktae cyclone) is likely to become more dangerous in the next 24 hours. It will reach the coastal area of Gujarat by the evening of May 17 and cross Gujarat by passing through the area between Porbandar to Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) on the morning of May 18. In Gujarat, waves ranging from 1 metre to 3 metres high are likely to occur in coastal districts of Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir, Somnath, Amreli. IMD said, the speed of the taute will be 175 Kmph.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani reviews preparations at high level meeting. He directed about 1500 hospitals in the districts likely to be affected by the cyclone to send corona patients in need of oxygen and ventilators to nearby districts. For this, ambulances with advanced lewis support system from all parts of the state have been dispatched to Jamnagar, Rajkot, Kutch and Junagadh districts. Hospitals have also been ordered to maintain power backup and buffer stock of oxygen. According to CM Rupani, eight oxygen producing plants have also been instructed to make emergency arrangements. The army has also been alerted for help.
BJP President JP Nadda on Sunday spoke to party leaders of coastal states about the cyclonic storm. In a tweet, Nadda said that he has held virtual meetings with party MPs, MLAs and organisation functionaries from Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Daman and Diu and Gujarat. All have been asked to exercise vigilance and help in relief operations. He said that 'we will provide all possible assistance by following the Covid Protocol'.