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Cyclone Tauktae pummels Kerala, Karnataka

High sea waves due to cyclone Tauktae hit Bhagavathi Prem Sinken Dredger at Surathkal Beach near Mangaluru, Karnataka State. - PTI Photo
High sea waves due to cyclone Tauktae hit Bhagavathi Prem Sinken Dredger at Surathkal Beach near Mangaluru, Karnataka State. - PTI Photo

INDIA: Gale-force winds, heavy rainfall and high tidal waves swept the coastal belt of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa as Cyclone Tauktae hurtled northwards towards Gujarat yesterday, leaving six people dead, damaging hundreds of houses, uprooting electricity poles and trees and forcing an evacuation.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Tauktae which has taken the form of a "very severe cyclonic storm" intensified further as it reached the Gujarat coast on Monday evening.

An estimated 150,000 people are being shifted from low-lying coastal areas in Gujarat while 54 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in the state.

Maharashtra too was bracing for impact as the Met department predicted heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in north Konkan, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar and extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad on Monday.

Four deaths have been reported from Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga districts in cyclone-related incidents.

The water level in many dams across Kerala showed a rising trend after heavy rains in the catchment areas, prompting authorities to sound an alert.

- INDIA TODAY