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BMC prepares for Cyclone Tauktae; shuts Bandra-Worli Sea link and alerts rescue teams

Civic bodies across the state have been directed to prepare for the same, and understanding the importance, officials, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, followed the instructions given by the Mayor of Mumbai, Kishori Pednekar.

BMC prepares for Cyclone Tauktae; shuts Bandra-Worli Sea link and alerts rescue teams
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD), on May 14, 2021, warned a few states including Maharashtra about the Cyclone Tauktae. Due to the cyclone, cities across the state will experience rainfall and harsh weather conditions, and keeping the same in mind,  Maharashtra State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has informed the officials to stay alert and manage the situation efficiently.

Civic bodies across the state have been directed to prepare for the same, and understanding the importance, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken necessary steps to tackle the cyclone. 

Officials, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, followed the instructions given by the Mayor of Mumbai, Kishori Pednekar. To efficient manage and handle the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases during the same, Jumbo COVID care centres will remain on standby and shall shift the patients to other locations if necessary. BMC officials have been asked to constantly keep a check on the same and take swift action in such cases. The civic body also took to Twitter recently to share that the government-run vaccination centres in Mumbai shall remain closed on May 15 and 16, however, private hospitals can take a decision and inform the citizens regarding the same.

Furthermore, more than 100 lifeguards have been alerted across the coast line of the city, who will be available for the rescue during the emergency. Besides this, fire department has informed the respective rescue teams to also be available during the crisis.

Keeping the intensity of the cyclone in mind, the Bandra Worli sea link has also been shut until May 16, 2021. 

Necessary steps have been taken by other states too and help has been sought from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) by Gujarat for the relief work. NDRF confirmed that a total of 100 teams - 42 teams pre-deployed, 26 stand-by and 32 for back-up India wide - have been prepared for the emergency work and will be available for the five states -  Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra - as warned by the IMD. Information regarding the same was shared on Twitter by Director-General of NDRF, Satya Pradhan.

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