As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone ‘Tauktae’ across 12 districts of Gujarat.
Fifteen deaths were reported from Amreli district in Saurashtra region, the worst affected in the cyclone that crossed the state coast as an extremely severe cyclonic storm on Monday night and completed landfall around 1.30 am Tuesday.
In Karnataka and Maharastra and Kerala was also worstly affected and cyclone has killed 24 persons in those states and heavy losses attributed but no such swift reliefs been given to these states complained opposition parties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday undertook an aerial survey of affected areas in Gujarat and adjoining Union territory of Diu to assess the devastation caused by Cyclone Tauktae.
Earlier in the day, PM announced a financial assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for immediate relief measures in the areas hit by cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat.
He also announced Rs 200,000 ex-gratia compensation for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in cyclone-related incidents in all states affected by Tauktae.
At least 22 personnel on board accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are dead and 65 still missing, a Navy official said on Wednesday.
The Navy said its personnel, battling extreme weather, have so far rescued 186 of the 273 people who were onboard barge P305 and also two from tugboat Varaprada.
The barge sank in the stormy Arabian Sea 35 nautical miles from Mumbai under the impact of cyclone Tauktae, informed the Indian Navy on Wednesday.
As the cyclone ravaged the Maharashtra coastal areas and whirled towards Gujarat, the ill-fated barge in the offshore development area of Bombay High Field had sunk late on Monday night.
Meanwhile, a new cyclonic storm, named Cyclone Yaas, is expected to start forming in the Bay of Bengal by May 22, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.