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Mumbai Airport Shut, Bandra-Worli Sea Link Closed as Tauktae Turns 'Extremely Severe': Top 10 Points

NDRF team undertakes restoration work, after a tree collapsed due to strong winds during the formation of cyclone Tauktae, in Panjim

NDRF team undertakes restoration work, after a tree collapsed due to strong winds during the formation of cyclone Tauktae, in Panjim

The initial low pressure over the Arabian Sea has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm".

The IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai warning of very heavy rains at isolated places with strong winds on Monday as the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is likely to pass close from the Mumbai coast towards Gujarat. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed in the western suburbs of Mumbai have been put on alert. The Indian Navy on Monday deployed three of its frontline warships after receiving messages to rescue over 400 people onboard two barges off the Mumbai coast in view of cyclone Tauktae. The ships deployed to extend assistance to the two barges are INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Talwar, Navy officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in touch with the chief ministers of the states affected by the cyclone.

Here is a lowdown on what all you need to know if you’re near Mumbai:

- The Bandra-Worli sea link has been closed for commuters as the storm intensified.

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- Operations at the Mumbai airport have been suspended from 11am-6pm.

- Instructions have been given to all police stations to prevent the public from visiting beaches and promenades.

- Fishermen have also been advised to avoid the sea till the situation normalises.

- The railways has cancelled or short-terminated some trains, and fire brigade and NDRF teams have been told to stay on alert.

- Temporary shelters have been put up in Mumbai.

- The Indian Navy has been kept on standby to handle an emergency in case a need arises.

- Strong winds along the Konkan coast uprooted trees, which fell on railway tracks at five places between Madgaon and Thivim stations.

- IMD said cyclonic storm Tauktae was over east central Arabian Sea on Sunday evening and moving north-northwestwards at 16 kmph.

- Maximum temperatures in Mumbai would remain on the higher side while the city may cool down depending on the amount of rainfall.

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first published:May 17, 2021, 09:07 IST