At least 12 people have been killed in the western states of Goa and Karnataka, in India, due to monster Cyclone Tauktae, which formed in the Arabian sea. “It is very likely to intensify further during the 24 hours, and move north-northwestwards and reach Gujarat coast in the evening of 17th [May],” the India Meteorological Department said in a statement. It is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning in the state of Gujarat. It is likely to be the strongest to hit the region since 1998. Nearly 150,000 people were moved from villages and low-lying areas near the coast on Monday. Virus safety protocols such as wearing masks, social distancing and the use of sanitisers would be observed in the shelters for evacuees, officials 31 boats registered with the state of Tamil Nadu were missing, a coastguard official said. Nearly 80 disaster management teams have been deployed in different states. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has asked officials to ensure that electricity supplies to COVID-19 hospitals and other medical facilities are not disrupted and the supply of oxygen is maintained, but vaccinations have been suspended for the next two days. Large refineries and ports in Gujarat may also be affected.
The meteorological department said the storm had now intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”.The financial hub of Mumbai was lashed with heavy rain and strong winds. Officials have advised people to stay indoors .They anticipate flooded roads, damaged power lines and uprooted trees.The Indian navy has said it has begun rescue operations to save the people on both of the barges, which are off the coast of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra. “This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record Covid infections and deaths,” said Udaya Regmi from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.