On Saturday, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the preparation of the ministries of central and the state, in dealing with the circumstances caused by the upcoming cyclone, ‘Tauktae’ which is likely to cross Gujrat Coast between, Porbandar and Naliya on Tuesday.
He has directed the senior officers to take all the necessary steps to relocate people immediately. And also asked to ensure the maintenance of fundamental services like power, telecommunications, health, and drinking water. And all these services have to be renewed soon if any damage occurs to them.
Covid – 19 Management.
Modi has also asked about the preparation of Covid – 19 Management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain, and other medical facilities on power back up and storage of essential medicines and to plan for unhindered movement of oxygen tankers.
He has also asked for, 24/7 functioning control rooms and to ensure that there is the least disruption to the oxygen supply from Jamnagar. He emphasized the need to involve the local community for timely sensitization and relief measures.
The Cabinet Secretary is in continuous touch with the Chief Secretaries of all the coastal States as well as with the concerned Central Ministries/agencies.
According to the India Meteorological Department, heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat, including extremely heavy falls in Junagadh and Gir Somnath and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in the districts of Saurashtra Kutch & Diu — Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Amreli, Rajkot and Jamnagar will be caused by the Cyclone.
The IMD also warned of storm surges of 2-3 meters above the astronomical tide to inundate coastal areas of Morbi, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, and Jamnagar and 1-2 meters along Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar and 0.5 to 1m over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat around the time of landfall.
Mumbai stopped vaccination.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai suspended Covid vaccination for Saturday and Sunday, due to the situation caused by the cyclone.
So far 1,50,925 people were vaccinated in the State on Friday, including 26, 275 from Mumbai. MCGM, as an anticipatory measure for cyclones, has taken a number of steps including pruning 384 hazardous trees. Hospitals have been asked to keep generators and alternative equipment operational, considering the possibility of power outages due to winds and rain.