Dozen died as cyclone intensifies along west coast of India
Cyclone Tauktae has further developed into an “extremely severe” cyclonic storm as it is sweeping over the southwest coast of India in Arabian sea, killing at least 12 people.
The cyclone has so far targeted Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Data shows that the cyclone is the biggest to hit the region in 30 years.
According to the India Meteorological Department, the deadly cyclone is likely to make landfall on the coast of Gujarat between 8pm-11pm with heavy rainfall and gusty winds. The IMD has also predicted ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall in Mumbai (Maharashtra’s capital) for the next few hours.
Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities has said that Pakistan’s coastal areas are no longer under any threat from the cyclonic storm.
India is already facing COVID crises as authorities fight the second wave of infections across the country.