Cyclone Tauktae Weather Forecast Live Updates 15 May 2021: Kerala continues to witness heavy rain, as cyclone Tauktae intensifies. IMD had issued a warning of heavy rainfall earlier on the day given the low depression formed over Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea . Authorities have sounded red alerts in several districts including capital Thiruvananthapuram on May 14. Meanwhile, CM Pinarayi Vijayan advised fishermen not to venture out into the sea.
Due to its proximity to the sea, the problem of flooding is particularly serious in Chellanam, a coastal village in Ernakulam district. Due to a combination of uninterrupted rain starting Thursday morning and sea-erosion, many homes in the village are already under water. The administration has opened a relief camp at the St Mary’s school for those living in low-lying areas. Due to the surge in Covid cases, both in the village and the district, segregated facilities for regular residents, those in quarantine and those who have tested positive have been arranged. But many residents are still reluctant to go to relief camps fearing transmission of the virus.
After the cyclonic warning the National Disaster Response Force has deployed several teams on ground. At least 24 teams are pre-deployed and 29 teams are on standby for Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, NDRF DG, SN Pradhan told ANI.
In a warning, IMD predicted intense showers in Gujarat starting May 17, with its intensity escalating in the subsequent days. The state will have extremely heavy rainfall at a few places like Saurashtra and Kutch on May 18 and 19.
The cyclonic storm is expected to reach Gujarat coast on May 18.
Heavy rain lashes parts of Kerala, floods feared; govt ready
As the low-pressure area in the south-eastern Arabian Sea intensified into a severe depression on Friday, heavy rains lashed many parts of Kerala and huge tidal waves started hitting low-lying coastal areas.
Anticipating massive tidal flooding, the authorities have started shifting to safety people living in the low- lying seaside regions of the southern part of the state.
In some coastal pockets, tidal waves entered the seaside areas, exposing coastal villages to high tides and flooding. Authorities have sounded red alerts in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts on May 14. (PTI)