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Cyclone Tauktae affected India's west coast in May 2021. (ANI/Representative)
Cyclone Tauktae affected India's west coast in May 2021. (ANI/Representative)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 01:02 PM IST

Capital just 30mm rainfall away from eclipsing all-time record

Since January 1, the Safdarjung weather station – representative of weather records for the city – has recorded 1,502.8mm of rain. In a typical year, Delhi gets 779mm, which means 2021 has brought the city close to twice the amount of rain as a normal year

A large chunk of the rainfall seen this year has come in the monsoon period. Between June 1 and September 30 (the period officially classified as monsoon), the city got 1,169.7mm of rainfall -- an excess of 80% over the long-period average of 648.9mm. (PTI File)
A large chunk of the rainfall seen this year has come in the monsoon period. Between June 1 and September 30 (the period officially classified as monsoon), the city got 1,169.7mm of rainfall -- an excess of 80% over the long-period average of 648.9mm. (PTI File)
Updated on Oct 26, 2021 04:30 AM IST
ByJasjeev Gandhiok

Owner of tugboat that sank during Tauktae booked

Barge P305 and Varaprada -- both support vessels working for the state-run ONGC’s offshore oilfields near Mumbai -- had borne the brunt of the cyclone, which made landfall on Gujarat coast on May 17.

A total of 274 crew were reported missing on May 17 (261 from Barge P305 and 13 from Tug Varaprada). In picture - Crew members of Barge P305 coming out of INS Kochi after they were rescued.(HT Photo)
A total of 274 crew were reported missing on May 17 (261 from Barge P305 and 13 from Tug Varaprada). In picture - Crew members of Barge P305 coming out of INS Kochi after they were rescued.(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 26, 2021 03:19 AM IST
PTI | , Mumbai

Kolkata's Durga Puja organisers in aid of cyclone-affected people

Forum for Durgotsab, an umbrella organisation of 500 puja committees, provided relief materials to the people of Sandeshkhali.

The materials included tarpaulins, mosquito nets, food items and drinking water.
The materials included tarpaulins, mosquito nets, food items and drinking water.
Published on Jun 04, 2021 05:19 PM IST
PTI | , Kolkata

In rare relief, no heatwave yet, none likely this summer: IMD

Between March 1 and June 3, Delhi has not recorded a single “heatwave” day, which India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientists said is a “rare” phenomenon for the city.

Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Secretariat buildings seen from Vijay Chowk at sunset in New Delhi( Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Secretariat buildings seen from Vijay Chowk at sunset in New Delhi( Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 04, 2021 04:33 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Remnant of Cyclone Yaas moves away, weakens into a low pressure area

Cyclone Yaas, second to ravage the western coast of India in a week after Cyclone Taukate, impacted Odisha and West Bengal the most.

A woman stands next to her stall damaged by heavy winds due to Cyclone Yaas in Odisha's Balasore district.(Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)
A woman stands next to her stall damaged by heavy winds due to Cyclone Yaas in Odisha's Balasore district.(Rupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS)
Updated on May 28, 2021 09:07 AM IST
Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Tauktae is a warning for India’s west coast

Climate scientists, including those at IMD, also suggest that the Arabian Sea might see a higher increase in the intensity of cyclones, if not the number, than the Bay of Bengal in the future.

Not only are cyclones relatively uncommon in the Arabian Sea, Tauktae also intensified rapidly. (PTI)
Not only are cyclones relatively uncommon in the Arabian Sea, Tauktae also intensified rapidly. (PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:38 AM IST
ByAbhishek Jha, Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mini tornado hits villages of West Bengal before cyclone

The incident took the residents of Bandel and Chinsurah in the Hooghly district and Halisaha in the North 24 Parganas district by surprise, however, the meteorological experts said tornadoes can develop before an approaching cyclone or a major thunderstorm.

A tornado is seen approaching as Cyclone Yaas continues to move inland, in Naihati, West Bengal.(INSTAGRAM @RUPAMSARKAR11)
A tornado is seen approaching as Cyclone Yaas continues to move inland, in Naihati, West Bengal.(INSTAGRAM @RUPAMSARKAR11)
Published on May 27, 2021 04:01 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Cyclone Yaas: 4 killed, mass evacuations minimise loss

West Bengal launched the biggest evacuation drive the state has ever undertaken before any calamity. More than 1.5 million people were evacuated since Monday and shifted to 14,000 cyclone shelters and relief camps.

Yaas wasn’t as ferocious as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted it to be when it hit the Odisha coast.(File photo)
Yaas wasn’t as ferocious as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted it to be when it hit the Odisha coast.(File photo)
Updated on May 27, 2021 03:26 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty, , Bhubaneshwar/kolkata

Gujarat CM announces 500-crore relief package for farmers affected by Tauktae

“Horticulture and summer crops were destroyed in 2 lakh hectares in 86 talukas of these nine districts. The government had initiated a survey (for damage assessment) which will be completed by Thursday,” Vijay Rupani said.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.(ANI)
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.(ANI)
Published on May 26, 2021 11:19 PM IST
PTI | , Ahmedabad

Tracking Cyclone Yaas

Cyclone Yaas, the second storm to hit India in less than two weeks, intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm on Tuesday, as it barrelled towards the country's eastern coast.

Satellite image shows formation of a low pressure area between 8:30 pm and 8:56 pm as it develops into Cyclone Yaas and approaches the Indian Eastern Coast. (PTI)
Satellite image shows formation of a low pressure area between 8:30 pm and 8:56 pm as it develops into Cyclone Yaas and approaches the Indian Eastern Coast. (PTI)
Published on May 26, 2021 06:19 AM IST

Over 1 million evacuated, states brace for Yaas landfall today

In Bengal, two people were electrocuted and around 80 houses were destroyed in a pre-cyclone storm as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the cyclone was likely to hit close to the Chandbali-Dhamra port in Odisha by noon on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from low-lying areas of two Indian states to escape the strong cyclone barreling toward the eastern coast. (AP)
Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from low-lying areas of two Indian states to escape the strong cyclone barreling toward the eastern coast. (AP)
Published on May 26, 2021 05:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata

Tauktae made this May the rainiest in Delhi in 13 years: IMD

Over 119mm of incessant rain, induced by the remnants of Cycolne Tauktae and a western disturbance, had lashed Delhi in the 24 hours beginning 8.30am Wednesday till 8.30am Thursday last week, breaking the capital’s all-time 24-hour rainfall record for the month of May.

The last time Delhi saw more rain in May was in 2008 when it recorded 165mm of rain in the entire month.(HT Photo)
The last time Delhi saw more rain in May was in 2008 when it recorded 165mm of rain in the entire month.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2021 05:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Barge P305 tragedy: Four more bodies recovered; toll touches 70

Barge P305, which was deployed at an unmanned platform in Heera oil fields, one of the largest ONGC rigs in the sea, sank about 40 nautical miles west off Mumbai.

Relatives of deceased in P305 barge incident who came to collect the body at JJ Hospital mortuary in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)
Relatives of deceased in P305 barge incident who came to collect the body at JJ Hospital mortuary in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, May 23, 2021. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 24, 2021 06:17 AM IST
By, Mumbai

What’s in name? The need to rethink naming of calamities after animal species

When cyclones rip through our coasts and forests, we lose not only trees- the most common image- but all manners of fauna and flora. It is reasonable to assume not all of it is known to humans.

 The powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea made landfall on India's western coast on Monday.(AP)
The powerful cyclone that emerged in the Arabian Sea made landfall on India's western coast on Monday.(AP)
Published on May 24, 2021 01:34 AM IST

Navy recovers 6 more bodies of barge’s crew, 20 missing

Search is still on for 20 missing personnel -- nine crew members of P305 and 11 who were on board tugboat Varaprada, which also sank during the cyclone. The Navy dispatched two specialised diving teams from Mumbai on Saturday morning to augment the search.

A man who was stranded at sea aboard Barge P305 due to Cyclone Tauktae looks out of a bus window after he was rescued by the Indian Navy aboard the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kochi, at Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai, India.(Reuters)
A man who was stranded at sea aboard Barge P305 due to Cyclone Tauktae looks out of a bus window after he was rescued by the Indian Navy aboard the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kochi, at Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai, India.(Reuters)
Published on May 23, 2021 01:56 AM IST
By, Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai

Case filed against captain of barge P305 that sank off in Arabian Sea

As many as 51 lives were lost when barge P305 sank in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai during Cyclone Tauktae.

People who were stranded at sea aboard barge P305 due to Cyclone Tauktae exit the INS Kochi after they were rescued by the Indian Navy, at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.(Reuters Photo)
People who were stranded at sea aboard barge P305 due to Cyclone Tauktae exit the INS Kochi after they were rescued by the Indian Navy, at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2021 09:37 AM IST
Reported by Manish Pathak | Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Palaniswami urges PM Modi to ask navy to search for 9 missing TN fishermen

Cyclone Tauktae unleashed waves of up to 7.6 metres as it moved along India's western coast. It left a trail of destruction that killed dozens of people.

A man gestures after he was rescued by Indian Navy personnel from a sunken barge in the Arabian Sea in the aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae's landfall.(Reuters Photo)
A man gestures after he was rescued by Indian Navy personnel from a sunken barge in the Arabian Sea in the aftermath of Cyclone Tauktae's landfall.(Reuters Photo)
Published on May 20, 2021 01:28 PM IST
By | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi receives highest rainfall since 1951 in the month of May: IMD

Delhi's maximum temperature also fell 16 degrees below normal, to 23.8 degrees Celsius, after a day-long spell of rainfall on Wednesday.

Delhi's minimum temperature was 21.4 degrees Celsius, five degrees below the season’s normal on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Delhi's minimum temperature was 21.4 degrees Celsius, five degrees below the season’s normal on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on May 20, 2021 12:26 PM IST
Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Tauktae: 49 from barge still missing, Navy continues search on 4th day

The Navy on Thursday morning launched a fresh aerial search and rescue mission, deploying helicopters to scour the waters off Mumbai coast, where the accommodation barge P305 went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before it sank Monday.

As many as 26 personnel on board the barge are dead and 49 still missing(AFP)
As many as 26 personnel on board the barge are dead and 49 still missing(AFP)
Published on May 20, 2021 09:43 AM IST
PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Mumbai

Cyclone Tauktae: Committee to enquire stranding of ONGC vessels in Arabian Sea

A committee comprising Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping; SCL Das, Director General of Hydrocarbons, and Nazli Jafri Shayin, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence has been constituted to enquire into the incidents.

"The stranding, drifting and subsequent events have led to loss of several lives," the central ministry statement said. In picture - Crew members of ONGC's Barge P305 who were stranded in the Mumbai offshore due to Cyclone Tauktae rescued by the Indian Navy.(HT Photo )
Published on May 19, 2021 09:41 PM IST
PTI | , New Delhi

Cyclone Taukte: Haryana deputy CM urges people to stay indoors for next 48 hrs

In an official statement, deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala urged the people to stay vigilant during the next 48 hours and not step out of their homes for their safety.

All Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to conduct regular monitoring, Dushyant Chautala said. In picture - Commuters crossing a waterlogged stretch of the road during heavy rains brought by Cyclone Tauktae in Jaipur.(HT Photo (Representational image))
All Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to conduct regular monitoring, Dushyant Chautala said. In picture - Commuters crossing a waterlogged stretch of the road during heavy rains brought by Cyclone Tauktae in Jaipur.(HT Photo (Representational image))
Published on May 19, 2021 09:12 PM IST
PTI | , Chandigarh

Cyclone Tauktae: PM Modi conducts aerial survey of damage in Gujarat, Diu

PM Modi reached Bhavnagar in Gujarat to review the situation and damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae and was received by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani at the airport.

PM Modi conducts an aerial survey of the cyclone Tauktae affected areas of Gujarat and Diu.
PM Modi conducts an aerial survey of the cyclone Tauktae affected areas of Gujarat and Diu.
Updated on May 19, 2021 02:55 PM IST
By | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi

PM Modi reaches Gujarat to review damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to visit Diu today to review damage caused by the cyclone.

PM Modi was received by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani at the airport.(PTI)
PM Modi was received by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani at the airport.(PTI)
Published on May 19, 2021 01:57 PM IST
ANI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Bhavnagar

Deepika Singh Goyal called out for dancing in rain amid cyclone Tauktae

Diya Aur Baati Hum actor Deepika Singh Goyal was called out online after she posted pictures and videos of herself dancing on the streets and posing with trees as Mumbai braved heavy rains.

Deepika Singh Goyal in her latest photoshoot.
Deepika Singh Goyal in her latest photoshoot.
Published on May 19, 2021 01:07 PM IST

Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Navy recovers 14 bodies from Arabian Sea so far

Indian Navy has recovered 14 bodies from Arabian sea during their search and rescue operation

Members of the Indian Navy transport a person after a rescue from a sunken barge in the Arabian Sea in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae's landfall, at naval air station INS Shikra in Mumbai, REUTERS(via REUTERS)
Members of the Indian Navy transport a person after a rescue from a sunken barge in the Arabian Sea in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae's landfall, at naval air station INS Shikra in Mumbai, REUTERS(via REUTERS)
Updated on May 19, 2021 03:02 PM IST
Reported by Manish Pathak | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Rakhi Sawant says her balcony roof broke due to the rains, watch video

Rakhi Sawant revealed that the roof of her balcony was broken as heavy rains lashed Mumbai as a result of Cyclone Tauktae. In a video, she also claimed that she had to collect water in buckets as it dripped from the terrace.

Rakhi Sawant shared her ordeal and revealed that she is very upset.
Rakhi Sawant shared her ordeal and revealed that she is very upset.
Published on May 19, 2021 10:29 AM IST

Cyclone Tauktae weakens into depression, says IMD

Cyclone Tauktae has impacted the weather conditions in several parts of northern India. Many areas such as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi are likely to witness rainfall in the next few hours, the weather department said in a forecast.

Satellite image released NASA shows Cyclone Tauktae approaching India's western coast. (AP)
Satellite image released NASA shows Cyclone Tauktae approaching India's western coast. (AP)
Updated on May 19, 2021 09:15 AM IST
By | Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Cyclone Tauktae: 4 killed in roof collapse incidents after dust storm in Karachi

The incident took place in Karachi, which has been under the influence of cyclonic storm Tauktae.

At least four people were killed in roof collapse incidents after a dust storm followed by light rain hit parts of Karachi on Tuesday evening after the city remained in the grips of a severe heat spell for two days.(REUTERS)
At least four people were killed in roof collapse incidents after a dust storm followed by light rain hit parts of Karachi on Tuesday evening after the city remained in the grips of a severe heat spell for two days.(REUTERS)
Published on May 19, 2021 07:05 AM IST
ANI | , Karachi

Cyclone Tauktae: PM Modi to visit Gujarat, Diu to take stock of damage caused

Ahead of the PM's visit, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday discussed with his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani the impact of Cyclone Tauktae in the state.

NDRF personnel clear a road, obstructed by felling of trees, after Cyclone Tauktae made landfall, in Gujarat.(PTI)
NDRF personnel clear a road, obstructed by felling of trees, after Cyclone Tauktae made landfall, in Gujarat.(PTI)
Published on May 19, 2021 06:48 AM IST
Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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