RMSI Cyclone Model estimates losses of Rs. 15,000 crore caused by Cyclone Tauktae. Cyclone Tauktae that originated as a depression near the Lakshadweep Islands on May 14, has intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm
(166 to 221 kmph), according to the IMD bulletin No. 25 (ARB/01/2021) at 1430 IST on May 17.
According to the IMD forecasts, it is expected to move north-north westwards and make a landfall on the coast of Gujarat near Porbandar and Mahuva (east of Diu) on the night of May 17, and further move towards Rajasthan, weakening into a depression but with gusting wind and accompanying rainfall.
Being the first cyclone to impact India in 2021, this ESCS has brought heavy rainfall and wind to all States and UTs
on the western coast of India since May 14. A summary of potential wind and rainfall impacts (between 17th to 19th May) over the various States along the western coast of India has been given in Table 1 and 2.
Six people have lost their lives to the cyclone in Karnataka and 121 villages are affected in the state1. Barrelling towards Gujarat and travelling parallel to the coast, the cyclone has damaged several houses, uprooted trees and electric poles in Kerala, Goa and Karnataka. Electricity supply was disrupted in parts of Goa and Karnataka.
High-speed winds and lashing rains led to two barges offshore Mumbai (Bombay High) being de-anchored and drifting away2. Mumbai has seen flooding, with several streets inundated.