Cyclone Tauktae and Yaas Impact on Indian Industries

03 June 2021
India Trade Data

Tropical cyclones Tauktae and Yaas caused widespread damage in specific regions of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and West Bengal as a result of high winds and flooding. Direct impacts on commercial property and infrastructure can lead to production shortfalls. Further loses can occur if business continuity is lost through disrupted supply of intermediate inputs from, or distribution to, other businesses. On the basis of Export Genius market research reports, let’s have a look at industries which are most likely to impact from 2021 year’s two cyclones; Tauktae and Yaas.

Cyclone Impact on Various Indian Industries

As we know India’s economy majorly depends on agriculture, fishing & oil & gas sectors; here are industries which are hit by cyclone Tauktae and Yaas.

Cyclone Tauktae Impact on Sesame and Pulses in Gujarat

Cyclone Tauktae hit coastal districts of Saurashtra, which generally grow sesame, gram, millet and groundnut. Farmers experienced damage to sesame seed, grams (moong) and millet (bajra). However, groundnut crop saw less impact of cyclone as it is the long-duration crop and rains during the cyclone added the required moisture.

Sesame seed stood at nearly 97,799 hectares and summer crop – bajra is grown on nearly 2,71,353 hectares in Gujarat. Saurashtra has about 93% of the State’s total sesame seed cultivation area at 91,600 hectares, while at 38,200 hectares it has more than 64% of the State’s gram acreage.

Cyclone Tauktae Destroys Mango Orchards in Gujarat

Cyclone Tauktae has affected several mango producing districts of Gujarat, where it made landfall on 17th May 2021. Besides mango, plantations of papaya, orchards of coconut and beetle leaf have also been damaged in the region.

Cyclone Impact on Fishing Industry

Cyclone Tauktae and Yaas severely impacted fishing industry on India’s east and west coastlines. A large section of people depends on fishing industry across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal for their livelihood. India is one world’s largest exporter country of marine products like fish, crab and so on. Due to cyclone, fishing activities were temporarily banned along the Indian coastlines.

Cyclone Yaas Impact on Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is likely to hit as business operations through Paradip and Haldia Ports have been affected due to storm. The companies have ensured a continuous supply of petroleum products and other essential commodities including medical oxygen for continued Covid-19 management. They are also ensuring to supply Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) from the eastern part of India to the rest of country.

In terms of lives, a major search and rescue operation was launched by the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy when three barges of Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) off the Mumbai coast went adrift offshore in the aftermath of the cyclone. Out of 273 workers, 186 were rescued.

Cyclone Tauktae and Yaas Destroyed Health Infra and Disrupted Vaccination Drive

The two cyclones destroyed health infrastructure in rural areas as structure of hospitals & medical institutions were damaged and patients & people were taken to safer places. The ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive was also affected in rural districts of West Bengal, Odisha, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Now aftermath of Tauktae and Yaas cyclones, authorities including disaster management are engaged into rehabilitation work. They are rebuilding damaged houses of people, restoring Covid-19 vaccination drive and other health & social related work. The real impact of cyclones on India’s trade will be analyzed after Export Genius revealing statistics.

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