Mumbai: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert for Mumbai warning of very heavy rainfall at isolated places with stormy winds on Monday as the very severe Cyclonic Tauktae is set to pass close from the Mumbai coast towards Gujarat.
As a result, three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed at the western suburbs of Mumbai have already been put on alert. Furthermore, teams of the Indian Navy are also kept on standby, officials revealed on Sunday night.
Furthermore, six units of Mumbai fire brigade’s flood rescue teams have also been deployed on six beaches in the city, a senior civic official said.
Five temporary shelters have been put up in 24 civic wards of the metropolis so that people in need can be shifted themselves if necessary, he added.
“The shifting of the patients started on Saturday night and it went on throughout the day and night (on Sunday) since last night,” a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) spokesperson said.
As per the IMD officials, Cyclonic Tauktae over the east-central Arabian sea progressed towards north-northwest with a speed of about 19 kmph and lay centred at 5.30 hours on Sunday.
“It is very likely to intensify further in the next 24-hours. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening hours of May17 and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) around May 18 early morning,” an official said.
Previously, the IMD had said that the cyclone could cause heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in north Konkan, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on May 17.
As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai did not receive any rains on Sunday though the sky stayed mostly overcast.
However, the weather in the city mainly remained windy, resulting in the falling of four trees in the western suburbs.