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  • A total 180 teams -- three teams in each column -- and nine Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) spread over the geographical area are on standby at short notice factoring in all possible contingencies and Covid situation

  • All units are geared up for impact and all necessary coordination has been carried out with civil administration.

Mumbai: Six persons were killed in Maharashtra's Konkan region in separate incidents related to the severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' while three sailors remained missing after two boats sank in the sea, a statement and officials said on Monday.

Of the six, three persons died in Raigad district, a sailor in Sindhudurg district while two persons were killed in Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar after trees fell on them, in Thane district, officials said.

Two boats anchored at the Anandwadi harbour in Sindhudurg district capsized, an official statement said, adding seven sailors were on board the two vessels.

Of them, a sailor, identified as Rajaram Kadam hailing from Devgad taluka in the district, died in the incident, while three others went missing. The other three sailors are safe, the statement said.

As of 2 pm on Monday, 1,886 houses in Raigad were partially damaged, while five houses were destroyed completely due to the cyclonic storm, the government said.

Earlier, minister of state Aditi Tatkare said 2,299 families (or 8,383 people) were shifted to safer places in view of the cyclonic storm in Raigad.

The district received 23.42 mm rainfall till 2 pm, the statement said.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said a large number of trees fell in the Konkan region due to the cyclonic storm.

The government will have to send additional teams of its personnel to the affected region to restore normalcy once the cyclone threat is over, he said.

Pawar also urged people to not step out of their homes without any reason.

Thane district resident deputy collector Shivaji Patil said two persons were killed in separate incidents in Navi Mumbai and Ulhasnagar after trees fell on them.

One Vishal Naralkar was killed when a tree fell on him while he was riding a motorcycle in Navi Mumbai in the morning.

In another incident, a huge tree fell on an autorickshaw in which two passengers got crushed in Ulhasnagar in Thane district.

One of the two injured passengers died in the Ulhasnagar central hospital, an official said.

Meanwhile, gusty winds uprooted many trees in Thane and Palghar districts neighbouring Mumbai during the day, leaving many houses damaged.

Hoardings fell at many places, officials said, adding that electricity poles were also uprooted.

In Kalyan, two persons travelling on a two-wheeler were injured after a huge hoarding fell on them.

At least 13 houses in Palghar district were partially damaged during the day.

Palghar collector Manik Gursal said the cyclone alert in the district will remain in force till 8 pm.

In Thane district, more than 24 structures were damaged.

Palghar district disaster control cell chief Vivekanand Kadam said a boat anchored at Mahim Tembe village sank in the sea due to tidal waves.

No casualty is reported as the boat was empty at the time of the incident, he said.

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport was shut for all operations from 11am and the shutdown was extended till 8 pm at regular intervals owing to inclement weather conditions, while 3 private airlines flights were diverted to less turbulent locations.

Indian Army Deploys 180 Teams To Assist States Impacted By Cyclone Tauktae

Meanwhile, the Indian Army deployed 180 teams to assist the civil administration in relief and restoration efforts in areas impacted by Cyclone Tauktae.

In anticipation of assisting civil administration in undertaking rescue and relief operations due to severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae', the Indian Army has mobilised columns and Engineer Task Forces (ETF) to the Western Coast from various parts of the Country.

A total 180 teams -- three teams in each column -- and nine Engineer Task Forces (ETFs) spread over the geographical area are on standby at short notice factoring in all possible contingencies and Covid situation.

The Sector Commanders and Divisional Headquarters are in touch with District Collectors and the Revenue Commissioner who is the nodal agency for Relief activities in Gujarat. The force Focus is to save lives, speedy clearance of routes to ensure movement of oxygen and standby arrangements at Covid hospitals.

With the impending landfall of the extremely severe cyclonic storm forecasted in coastal areas of Gujarat, Indian Army units and formations have prepared themselves with substantial teams along with elements of communication and engineer task forces to provide relief and all kind of assistance following Covid protocols.

"Since the maximum impact is likely to be in Saurashtra including Union Territory of Diu, 10 integrated teams are poised to be employed for Aid to Civil Authority in Diu," the force said.

Ten teams have been launched to Junagarh area. While others are ready to move on short notice of the State administration after analysis of situation as it builds up.

All units are geared up for impact and all necessary coordination has been carried out with civil administration.

Lt Gen JS Nain, Army Commander Southern Command has assured the full support of the Army to tide over the adverse impact of impending Cyclone.

General officer commanding of the Army Division located at Ahmedabad attended a coordination meeting chaired by the Chief Minister of Gujarat and has assured all support.

The Indian Army is also providing all possible assistance for creating power back up and making preparations for other contingencies at Covid Hospitals in the affected region, including Dhanvantri Covid Hospital Ahmedabad.

(With IANS Inputs)

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