AT LEAST 8 DEAD AS TYPHOON BATTERS INDIA’S WEST COAST
At least eight people have been killed and large areas inundated, houses destroyed and trees and electricity poles uprooted by a severe cyclonic storm that hovered off India's western coast on Sunday, May 16, 2021, Sunrita Sen reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Tropical storm Tauktae has been building up over the Arabian Sea and has moved northwards past Kerala and Karnataka states and is currently located northwest of Goa.
It is expected to keep moving north-westwards and make landfall on the coast of Gujarat state in the early hours of Tuesday, according to a forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department.
The forecast warned of heavy damage along coastal Gujarat and said gusting wind speeds could reach 175 kilometers per hour. So far torrential rains and high-speed winds have wreaked havoc in the coastal belts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa causing waterlogging, uprooting trees, and disrupting power supplies since Friday night.
Two people have died in Kerala and in Goa and four in Karnataka, NDTV news channel reported. Flights to Goa have been canceled. Electricity supply in several parts of the state has been disrupted with trees snapping wires, a government release said.
It may take 24 to 48 hours to restore. Hundreds of thousands of people in these regions and adjacent Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the federally administered territories of Daman and Diu have been moved to temporary relief shelters despite the risks associated with a fast-spreading second wave of the coronavirus in India.