Civic authorities of Mumbai have raised several precautionary guards in an attempt to diffuse the effects of Cyclone Tauktae.
The powerful gales of Cyclone Tauktae raged in full fury in Mumbai around the early hours of 17 May, bringing heavy rains and lightning in its wake. Keeping in line with the guidelines of the India Meteorological Department, Mumbai's civic authorities have put several restrictions to minimise the possible effects of the cyclone. For the safety of flight passengers, it has been announced today, that the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has shut all operations for 3 hours from 11 AM to 2 PM.
One airline diverted, further details awaited
An official spokesperson stated that owing to the potential threats created by Cyclone Tauktae, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is shutting its operations for 3 hours on 17 May. Until now, one flight of a private airline- SpiceJet, has been diverted from Mumbai and further details are awaited in this respect.
Currently passing by Mumbai at a wind speed between 75-85 kmph, this move has been necessitated in view of the issued cyclone alert. With heavy rains, thunder, lightning and powerful winds, Cyclone Tauktae hit Mumbai with full fury around after midnight on May 17. No human casualties have been reported till now and currently, the storm is hurtling towards South Gujarat.
Apart from this move, earlier the civic authorities of Mumbai have raised several precautionary guards in an attempt to diffuse the effects of Cyclone Tauktae such as- evacuating about 580 COVID patients from jumbo centres in BKC, Mulund and Dahisar overnight, clipping 384 trees near field hospitals and more.