Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that Cyclone Tauktae is can be very severe cyclonic storm and is likely to pass close to Mumbai and may cause heavy rainfall in the city. It will also cross the Gujarat coast by May 18.
To take precaution Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has shifted more than 500 Covid-19 patients to state and civic-run hospitals in Mumbai and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link got shut down.
Also over 1.5 lakh people were evacuated from low-lying areas along India's western coast. The cyclone is also likely to intensify even further in the next 24 hours before making the landfall in Gujarat.
As cyclone approaches towards Gujarat already at least six people have lost their lives, hundreds of houses were damaged, trees and electricity poles were uprooted.
Other states like Kerala and Goa have been witnessing heavy rainfall, gale-force winds and high tidal waves.
As per the Cyclone Warning Division of IMD strong winds with speed reaching up to 90 km/per were pounding the western coastal region by May 18 the wind speed is expected to increase to 150-160 km per hour, gusting up to 175 km per hour.
Over 54 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in Gujarat to manage the situation.