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Cyclone "Tauktae" sweeps across western India

"Tauktae" - coming from the Arabian Sea - hit the coast of the West Indian state of Gujarat at wind speeds of up to 185 kilometers per hour. The weather service reported storm surges of up to three meters in some regions. The full extent of the damage caused by the cyclone is still completely unclear, as a spokesman for the authorities announced. So far, at least 20 people have been killed.

On the high seas off Mumbai, a ship was in distress due to strong winds. Around 127 people are missing. The Indian Navy launched a search and rescue operation that has rescued 146 passengers so far.

People are being brought out of their homes to safety

The cyclone made India's desperate fight against the coronavirus even more difficult: tens of thousands of people, including COVID-19 patients in hospitals, had to be relocated from the coast to the interior. A total of 150,000 people were taken from their homes to emergency shelters as a precaution. The corona vaccinations were suspended for two days.

Fishermen try to save their boats

A representative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said: "This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have already been hit by record high COVID infections and deaths. Many families are barely above water. " Experts speak of the worst storm in the West Indies in 30 years.

The "Gateway of India" in Mumbai was exposed to the forces of nature

In May 2020, cyclone "Amphan" killed more than 110 people. It had left a trail of devastation in eastern India and Bangladesh.

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