The centrals of Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Karnatka, Mumbai, Goa and Gujarat are probbaly enjoying the fluttery rainfall and welcoming a gush of leaves. But the shore people are apparently fighting the same.
Cyclone Tauktae was actually a result of low pressure in the east central Arabian sea around Lakshwadeep on 13th May Morning but it soon changed to a deep depression.
It was said that once this cyclone forms properly it becomes the biggest cyclone of the Indian ocean for this year. The cyclone moved at the speed of 13 km per hour towards north- northwest and towards Gujarat.
As it approached land, the IMD said that the cyclone to have 150km-160km/hour wind speed and 175km/hour gust speed. It thus became a hurricane of category 3 or 4 and thus became the fifth largest storm of Arabian Sea since 1998.
- The surface temperature of Arabian sea was 31°C and for a tropical cyclone to live, the temperature should be more than 27°C. Also, Arabain sea faces less storms because it has cool water temperatures, dry air, unfavorable upper level winds but this time.
Hence due to global warming Arabian Sea has turned more warmer and hence supporting cyclones to form. We used too much of factories and vehicles, didnt we?
The name Tuktae was suggested by Myanmar and hence its a Burmese which means gecko a lizard.
The cyclone hits:
15th May it came to Kerala. Kollam, Thiruvanthampuram, Alappuzha, Pathanamitta, Erunakulam were given red alerts. In chellanam, heavy tides led to fifty house damage and this place has more than fifty percent covid positivity rate.
Further, separate camps were set for covid patients. Peringalkuthu dam could be opened if the water level exceeds 419.41m. A two storey house in Kasargod in Kerala literally collapsed in the sea.
On 16th May it had hit Karnataka, with the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority stating that 4 people died in this storm and affected 98 villages of the districts: Ududpi, Uttara Kannada which had high devastation as 31 villages there were destructed, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu,and others.
Total 216 houses damaged, 516 people evacuated. And ten relief camps were set with SDRF and two NDRF teams, Indian Guard, Navy people working to provide relief. The coast experienced wind speed of 70km per hr and and the coastal area even saw felling of 491 poles.
Before Karanataka, Goa saw felling of trees and poles and its Goa Medical College and Hospital had power cuts but patiemts were fine and had no inconvenience.
After Karnataka, In Maharashtra, more than 55 flights of Mumbai incmoning and going were cancelled at the CSMIA airport due to the cyclone. Total six deaths were reported in Maharashtra. 3 died and 24 injured in Mumbai.
On 18th may it entered Gujarat and total 1.5 lakh people were evacuated. 7 dead, 40,000 trees fell and 16500 huts damaged.