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At least 16 killed and 200,000 evacuated as Cyclone Tauktae batters COVID-ravaged India - ABC News

At least 16 people have died and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the Indian state of Gujarat as the most powerful cyclone in more than two decades made landfall.

Rain intensified  on Monday and several incidents of power outages were reported in the state, where airports and major ports were closed.

Electricity pylons and trees were uprooted and buildings were damaged in coastal areas of Gujarat, state authorities said.

With the worst of the storm expected to last for several hours after it slammed into the state's coast, it piles more pressure on Indian authorities already struggling with a huge caseload of COVID-19 infections.

"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, South Asia head of delegation, International Federation of Red Cross.

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Cyclone Tauktae causes havoc on India's west coast, killing at least six.

The cyclone has already left a trail of destruction as it brushed past the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, authorities said.

"The intensity of the Cyclone Tauktae will go down once it is over."

State revenue secretary Pankaj Kumar told Reuters it would be the most severe cyclone to hit Gujarat in at least 20 years.

Waves crash onto the road as cars drive past the water as Cyclone Tauktae batters Mumbai, India.
Waves crash up on the promenade near the Gateway of India monument in Mumbai, on the other side of the Gulf of Khambat to Gujarat. (Reuters: @ompsyram)(

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A 1998 cyclone killed at least 4,000 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in Gujarat.

Mr Regmi said the Indian Red Cross Emergency team was working with authorities and helping with the evacuations from low lying areas to relief centres further inland in the face of what he called a "monster storm".


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2021-05-17 18:49:30Z

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