India Tauktae Cyclone: Seven dead, 9 hurt in Maharashtra

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Atleast 7 people died with 9 hurt as ‘Tauktae’ leaves a trail of damage and disruption in Maharastra of India.

Akshay Deoras, an independent meteorologist and a PhD student at the department of meteorology, University of Reading in UK, said a cyclone is not much of a menace if it dissipates over the sea itself. “However, if it comes so close to the coast like cyclone Tauktae did and Nisarga last year which made a landfall here, then it’s a massive threat.

Also with it intensifying so rapidly, the authorities find very little time to evacuate those living along the coast.

This is now seen to be happening frequently with the storms in the Arabian Sea,” said Deoras.

3 warships, Coast Guard sail to save 410 stranded on 2 barges off Mumbai coast
3 warships, Coast Guard sail to save 410 stranded on 2 barges off Mumbai coast.

6.7 lakh homes, 40 Covid hospitals in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Raigad face power cuts
6.7 lakh homes, 40 Covid hospitals in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Raigad face power cuts
‘Tauktae’ is probably the closest Mumbai has come since to experiencing a severe storm, with wind speeds of up to 108 kmph near the Colaba seafront.

Tauktae, experts say, was at its most intense at its closest to the Mumbai coast (distance of 120 km) before it propelled away towards Gujarat. An extreme weather event of this nature, so close to the city, portends a warning about the likely consequences of ignoring climate change, say experts.

Experts said the recent frequency of cyclones was a clear sign of temperatures rising in the Arabian Sea.

These low-pressure systems are formed when warm, moist air rises up from the sea surface. Historically, waters off the western coast have experienced fewer storms than the Bay of Bengal, and typically weaker. “The rapid warming of the Arabian Sea is leading to not just more cyclones but also more extreme rain events. Due to these warm ocean conditions it is seen that the cyclone intensifies from a weak cyclone to an extremely severe cyclone rapidly.