Six persons died in Maharashtra’s Konkan region in separate cases caused due to the “extremely severe” cyclonic storm Tauktae. Two of these deaths were reported from Raigad district, one sailor died in Sindhudurg district, and one death each occurred in Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar in Thane district.
Tauktae moved closer to the Gujarat coast on Monday night. The landfall process began around 8.30 pm and is expected to go on for two more hours, according to the IMD.
Meanwhile, heavy rain and strong winds hit Mumbai. The city’s airport was shut till 10 pm and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link was also closed.
In Maharashtra, more than 12,000 people were relocated from coastal areas to safer places. Thane and Palghar districts were put on orange alert, while a red alert was sounded for Raigad. As many as 1.5 lakh people from 17 districts were evacuated ahead of the cyclone’s landfall.
The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 101 teams. The Indian Navy was involved in multiple rescue missions, including emergency calls from two barges off the western coast. The two separate barges included a total of 410 passengers.