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Five-storey building collapses in Ahmedabad

A five-storey building in Ahmedabad collapsed on Wednesday in the aftermath of cyclonic storm Tauktae which has ravaged Gujarat and parts of Maharashtra. All the building’s residents were evacuated just in time.

Afive-storey building collapsed in the Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad on Wednesday. All residents had moved out of the building in time.

As a result of strong winds caused by Cyclone Tauktae, the building had begun to sway on Tuesday. Due to this, the residents were evacuated from the building yesterday itself. No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae made landfall between Diu and Una town of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat at 1.30 am on Tuesday. As many as 45 people have lost their lives in cyclone-related incidents in Gujarat.

The cyclone ravaged the state’s coastal areas. Over 69,000 electric poles and lots of trees were uprooted. Thousands of houses were damaged. The standing summer crops were also badly hit. Over 5,000 villages in the state experienced power failure and 674 roads were closed. Cattle deaths were also reported.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani assured the citizens that the government will undertake an immediate survey of the damages and assistance will be provided accordingly. Cash doles will be paid as per government norms, he said.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas of the state. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to the cyclone in all affected states. Rs. 50,000 will be given to the injured.

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