Tropical Cyclone TAUKTAE is strengthening as it moves north over the northeastern Arabian Sea, passing close to the western coast of western India. On 17 May at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 150 km west-southwest of Mumbai City, with maximum sustained winds of 222 km/h. According to media reports, during the last 48 hours, eight deaths and several thousand have been displaced from Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. About 440 families in Maldives and 293 families in Sri Lanka also reported affected. Tropical Cyclone TAUKTAE is forecast to continue northward and to make landfall over the southern coast of Gujarat on 17 May late morning (UTC) with maximum sustained winds of 165-175 km/h. On 17-18 May, heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are forecast over Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected also across southeastern Pakistan. Red warnings for heavy rain with thunderstorms and strong winds are in effect over Gujarat. Movement of air, water and road transports are restricted. (ECHO, 17 May 2021)
The severe cyclonic storm “YAAS” [TC-2021-000058] made landfall in West Bengal and Odisha coast in India on 26 May 2021 at a wind speed of 150 KMPH. On the same day, late evening, it crossed the west coast of Bangladesh. Coinciding with the full moon, causing a 6-8 feet tidal wave across the coastal districts resulted broken embankments in many places, resulted in inundation and forced people into temporary displacement or living in marooned situation. According to Need Assessment Working Group (NAWG) the cyclonic event affected approximately 1.3 million people, damaged around 26,595 houses: 16,183 latrines and 1,986 water points. In addition to that it is estimated around 39 percent of crops land damaged and 3,599 hector of prawn and fish cultivation area affected.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh - Bangladesh Meteorological Department Storm Warning Center