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Cyclone Tauktae: PM Narendra Modi to visit Gujarat and Diu for aerial survey

Tauktae has been the strongest cyclone to hit Gujarat since the 1998 Super Cyclone.

Cyclone Tauktae Source: PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (May 19) will visit Gujarat and Diu to review the damage caused by the Cyclone Tauktae. He will leave for Gujarat at 09:30 am and will conduct an aerial survey of Una, Diu, Jafarabad and Mahuva. Post this, he will chair a review meeting at Ahmedabad.

The ofifcial Twitter account of CMO Gujarat said, “PM Shri @narendramodiwill visit Gujarat tomorrow to conduct an aerial survey of the areas of Amreli, Gir Somnath & Bhavnagar districts hit by #CycloneTauktae. The PM will also hold a review meeting with CM Shri @vijayrupanibjpand top officials of the State later in Ahmedabad.”

Tauktae has been the strongest cyclone to hit Gujarat since the 1998 Super Cyclone.

The cyclone has damaged several electric poles and tress which caused many major roads in the affected areas to be blocked.

Six relief teams were deployed by the Indian Army who worked inn tandem with the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and the State Disaster Relied Fund (SDRF) teams in rescue operation.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray also held a meeting with this his Gujarati counterpart Vijay Rupani to discuss the effects of the Cyclone on the state.

Gujarat government had started to evacuate 1.5 lakh people from the coastline where the Cyclone made the landfall.

After the cyclone weakened on Tuesday evening the Union government increased the pace of relief efforts in the affected areas.

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The Indian Navy also rescued 177 people from a barge that went adrift amid the rough conditions in the Arabian Sea 70 miles off the coast of Mumbai.

In another incident, another barge called ‘Gal Contructor’ also went adrift after which the navy deployed an  Emergency Towing Vessel ‘Water Lily’, two support vessels and CGS Samrat.

“INS Talwar has proceeded to assist another oil rig Sagar Bhushan with 101 personnel on board and an accommodation barge SS-3 with 196 personnel on board, both of which are adrift and presently located about 50 NM South East of Pipavav Port,” a navy spokesperson said in a statement.

With inputs from ANI

WATCH: Cyclone Tauktae India: Breezy Weather on Day 1 to Death and Devastation on Day 6

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