Cyclone Tauktae: Affected areas & damage

The country is already suffering from the deadly 2nd wave of coronavirus, and it seems there is no relief for the people in the next few days also as a cyclone will hit the western coastal areas. Tauktae is the first cyclone of 2021, and it is intensifying with each minute.  

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The cyclone Tauktae, pronounced as Tau’Te is named by Myanmar, and it means Gecko, a lizard. Gecko is a highly vocal lizard in Burmese and the cyclone is named after it due to its ferocious nature.  

A high-level meeting was organized by the Prime minister to get prepared for the outcomes of the cyclone and ensure the safety of the people living in the coastal areas. 

Origin and path of Cyclone Tauktae

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the Tauktae is a ‘very severe cyclonic storm.’

“Very severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' has intensified further in the last three hours. The eye of the cyclone is now clearly observed in the INSAT-3D satellite imagery at 1130 IST. The diameter of the eye is roughly 4 km with eye temperature -5.2 °C. The wall cloud top temperature is -93 °C,” the IMD said on Twitter.”

Tauktae has originated in the Arabian Sea and will hit the west coast of Gujarat on 18 May. 

Which areas are being affected by cyclone Taukate?

The cyclone has affected 5 Indian states named Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep. Maharashtra, and Gujarat.

In the initial stages, the wind was blowing with a speed of 45-55 km/hr, but now it has drastically increased its speed. The cyclone is expected to hit the coasts of Gujarat with 175 km/hr. 

The impact of the cyclone can be witnessed in the Southern coastal areas of India. Heavy rains and strong winds are blowing across the southern areas. Pictures and videos surfacing from the area are alarming, but the worst is yet to come. The cyclone will hit Gujarat coasts on 18th May, but its impact can be felt very strongly from now only.

4 people lost their lives and 73 villages got impacted by the cyclone in Karnataka. Mumbai is expected to witness heavy rainfall due to the cyclone. 

“Tauktae' intensifies into 'very severe cyclonic storm', yellow alert issued for Gujarat coast: IMD” 

Rescue missions

79 NDRF teams have been prepared for immediate rescue missions and the air force is also alert for providing any kind of emergency services. 22 additional teams of NDRF are also made to handle the situation if it gets worse.

Dos & Don'ts 

You must be aware of Dos and Don'ts during a cyclone and for that NDMA India has released a poster with the caption, “Be Smart Be Prepared!”

Image source: Twitter/NDMA India


A cyclone is a natural calamity, and you can’t control it, but you can control your actions and avoid as much damage as you can. Stay at your home and be safe and avoid unnecessary gathering as the coronavirus is still present around us.