PM Modi on one-day visit to Gujarat, Diu to take stock of ‘Tauktae’ impact

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a day-long visit to his home state Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu to take stock of the situation in the backdrop of cyclone Tauktae which later intensifies into “very severe cyclonic storm” and thrashed the state along with many other parts of the country with gusty winds and intense rainfalls. 

According to sources, the Prime Minister will be landing directly at the Bhavnagar airport at around 11 a.m. From Bhavnagar, he will take an aerial survey of Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath and Amreli districts, as well as of Diu.

After the aerial survey of the three districts which have been devastated by the cyclone, he will hold a review meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and officials of the state administration in Ahmedabad. He will return to the national capital in the evening, the sources added. 

“PM Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat on Wednesday to conduct an aerial survey of the areas of Amreli, Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar districts hit by Cyclone Tauktae. The PM will also hold a review meeting with CM Vijay Rupani and top officials of the State later in Ahmedabad”, Gujarat CMO said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, ahead of Prime Minister’s visit, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray held a telephonic conversation with his Gujarat counterpart to discuss the impact of Cyclone Tauktae in the state. However, the cyclone will weaken in a few hours. 

The cyclone greatly impacted Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, while several parts of north, including Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana are expected to receive heavy rainfalls in the coming few hours. 

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“Deep Depression (Remnants of Tauktae) over Gujarat region lay centered at 2330 hours IST of the 18th May, 2021 is about 110 km north-northeast of Ahmedabad. It is likely to weaken gradually into a Depression during next 06 hours,” India Meteorological Department (IMD) tweeted today at 1:30 am.

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