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Cyclone Tauktae: 127 missing in India after vessel sinks

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

18th May, 2021. 07:39 pm
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As the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations continued, a total of 177 people have been rescued on Tuesday from Barge P305 off Bombay High while 127 people are still missing.

According to the Indian Navy, one of the barges that sent out an emergency rescue has sunk during Cyclone Tauktae.

As per the details, the vessel had 273 people on board, out of which 146 were rescued till Tuesday morning, however, 127 were still missing.

The cyclone had claimed several lives in Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujrat as thunderstorms had destroyed the houses, uprooted trees, and electric poles.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated while authorities in Mumbai shifted about 600 Covid-19 patients in field hospitals “to safer locations”.

Devastating Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ Hit Coast Of Western India:

Strong winds and a devastating cyclone ‘Tauktae’ hit the coast of western India, affecting the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to media reports, heavy rains and winds killed at least 12 people over the weekend and Monday.

The Strong winds and a devastating cyclone hit the coast of western India, affecting the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indian Meteorological department tweeted that severe cyclonic storm ‘Tauktae’ lay centered at 0830 HRS IST of 18 May 2021 over Saurashtra, about 130 KM South-Southwest of Surendra Nagar and 10 KM East of Amreli. It would move North-Northeastwards and weaken gradually into a cyclone storm during the next few hours

India Met department also issued a 13-foot-high storm warning for coastal districts of Gujarat.

India’s massive cyclone system, visible from space, has repulsed India’s response to the coronavirus, killing at least 4,000 people every day and filling hospitals already.

Authorities closed Mumbai’s airport and urged people to stay indoors, while authorities transferred 580 Coronavirus patients from three field hospitals to “safe places”.

The Chief Minister’s Office said the storm killed six people and injured nine in the state of Maharashtra.

Two navy ships have been deployed to evacuate 273 people off the coast of Mumbai and assist in rescue operations, the defence ministry said in a statement.

In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, about 1.5 million people have been evacuated, while all code-19 patients in hospitals five kilometres from the coast have also been evacuated.

Authorities there are ensuring that 400 special code hospitals and 41 oxygen plants near 12 coastal districts are not cut off.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told reporters that generators and power backups have been provided to more than a thousand code hospitals in coastal cities with 744 health teams working together.

“Gujarat needs 1,000 tonnes of oxygen per day while an additional stock of 1,700 tonnes has been saved and can be used in case of emergency,” he said.

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