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IMD issues yellow alert; city might experience heavy rainfall on May 16

Cyclone Tauktae is expected to hit the city of Mumbai and other coastal areas of Maharashtra. Keeping the same in mind, the BMC has asked the respective teams to prepare of the same and stay alert in case of emergency

IMD issues yellow alert; city might experience heavy rainfall on May 16
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Cyclone Tauktae is expected to hit the city of Mumbai and other coastal regions in the state for the next few days, and keeping the same in mind, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday, May 14, 2021, warned the states regarding the weather conditions. IMD issued a yellow alert for Mumbai, Thane and Raigad stating that the depression has intensified in the southeast and east central Arabian Sea. Officials further added that the depression might intensify for the next 12-24 hours, eventually leading to a cyclonic storm in the state.

Heavy rains across some areas in the city until May 16, 2021, whereas parts of Mumbai, Thane and Raigad will experience light to moderate rainfall over the weekend. Other districts like Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts were issued orange alert as the localities are expected to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall due to the cyclone.

This will be the first cyclone of the year and the name Tauktae has been given by Myanmar.

Sharing more information about the cyclone, IMD Mumbai's scientist, Shubhangi Bhute, told TOI, “Squally winds and rough sea conditions are likely along and off south Maharashtra and Goa coasts on May 15. Fishermen have already been advised not to venture into the sea.” 

Following the directives issued by the IMD, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Friday, May 14, 2021, announced that the government-run vaccination centres across Mumbai will remain closed on May 15 and 16, 2021. Furthermore, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link has also been shut for the weekend. Rescue teams and coastguards have been asked to stay alert incase of emergency. BMC officials have also been told to efficiently manage COVID-19 patients during the cyclone, and if needed, patients can be shifted to another location during the emergency. 

The NDRF has also asked a total of 100 teams to remain alert and officials confirmed that the rescue teams will be available over the weekend in case of any crisis.

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