Mumbai: Apart from battling coronaviruses, the country is facing another disaster – cyclone weakening. While the central and state governments took several protective measures and evacuated hundreds of people before the cyclone struck, the storm intensified on Monday morning, wreaking havoc in several parts of the coastal states of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. From ravaging vehicles to electric poles and uprooting trees, the cyclone weighed heavily on Mumbai.
Disaster management officials and weather forecasting departments have asked people not to move out. Several Bollywood celebs including actors Amitabh Bachchan, Karthik Aryan and Sonu Sood also urged fans to stay home and take care of families.
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Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan took to his official Twitter handle amid the cyclone to urge the citizens of Mumbai to follow the protocol issued. Big B tweeted, “T3905 – Cyclone Taukata’s effects have started. It’s raining in Mumbai. Please be safe and pray as always.”
Karthik Aryan also shared his thoughts on the cyclone. The actor, sharing a hilarious photo of himself, wrote in a Twitter post, “#Tauktae, another reason to stay inside.”
Sonu Sood, who has been helping the poor and migrants amid the Kovid epidemic, urged Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa to save the lives of those stranded in the middle of the Arabian Sea due to the cyclone storm. The actor wrote, “CM Sir @BSYBJP requests you to mobilize our machinery to save these precious lives. @Indiannavy #TauktaeCyclone.”
Model and actress Diana Penty also requested her fans to stay home and take care. In a Twitter post, he said, “Hopefully everyone in Mumbai is safe and sound. Please stay home and take care of yourself! #CycloneTauktae.”
In the pictures. Trees uprooted, roads blocked and homes flooded – Cyclone weakening causes major damage to coastal states
According to the latest input, cyclonic storms over the Arabian Sea caused very strong winds at a speed of 114 kmph in Mumbai. Cyclone Taukata has turned into a severe storm and moved towards Gujarat after crossing Mumbai.
On May 17 and May 18, there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coastal areas of Gujarat. Extremely heavy rainfall is also expected at some places.