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The massive storm comes as India is battling with a devastating coronavirus surge — and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other. The storm has already led to the suspension of some vaccination efforts and there is greater risk of virus transmission in crowded evacuation shelters.

May 17, 2021 / 03:57 PM IST
A severe cyclone is roaring in the Arabian Sea off southwestern India with winds of up to 140 kph (87 mph), already causing heavy rains and flooding that have killed multiple people. Cyclone Tauktae, the season’s first major storm, is expected to make landfall early May 18 in Gujarat state, a statement by the India Meteorological Department said. After the cyclone slams ashore, forecasters warn of the potential for extensive damage from high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas. The massive storm comes as India is battling with a devastating coronavirus surge — and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other. The storm has already led to the suspension of some vaccination efforts and there is greater risk of virus transmission in crowded evacuation shelters.
A severe cyclone is roaring in the Arabian Sea off southwestern India with winds of up to 140 kph (87 mph), already causing heavy rains and flooding that have killed multiple people. Cyclone Tauktae, the season’s first major storm, is expected to make landfall early May 18 in Gujarat state, a statement by the India Meteorological Department said. After the cyclone slams ashore, forecasters warn of the potential for extensive damage from high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas.
Waterlogging at Parel, Mumbai, due to the heavy rains amid Cyclone Tauktae. (Image: News18)
Waterlogging at Parel, Mumbai, due to the heavy rains amid Cyclone Tauktae. (Image: News18)
Trees got uprooted in the rain and strong winds in Girgaon, Mumbai as Cyclone Tauktae approaches India. (Image: News18)
Trees got uprooted in the rain and strong winds in Girgaon, Mumbai as Cyclone Tauktae approaches India. (Image: News18)
Car drive through a waterlogged road amidst heavy rainfall from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: News18)
Car drive through a waterlogged road amidst heavy rainfall from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: News18)
Waterlogging in Mumbai as heavy rainfall batters city due to the incoming Cyclone Tauktae. (Image: News18)
Waterlogging in Mumbai as heavy rainfall batters city due to the incoming Cyclone Tauktae. (Image: News18)
Policemen enforcing a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus stand beneath a rain shelter in Kochi, Kerala state. The massive storm comes as India is battling with a devastating coronavirus surge — and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other. (Image: AP)
Policemen enforcing a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus stand beneath a rain shelter in Kochi, Kerala state. The massive storm comes as India is battling with a devastating coronavirus surge — and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other. (Image: AP)
Fishing boats that stayed off the Arabian Sea due to Cyclone Tauktae are anchored in the backwaters in Kochi, Kerala state. The storm has already led to the suspension of some vaccination efforts and there is greater risk of virus transmission in crowded evacuation shelters. (Image: AP)
Fishing boats that stayed off the Arabian Sea due to Cyclone Tauktae are anchored in the backwaters in Kochi, Kerala state. The storm has already led to the suspension of some vaccination efforts and there is greater risk of virus transmission in crowded evacuation shelters. (Image: AP)
This photograph provided by India's Defense Ministry shows an Indian Air Force plane preparing to transport National Disaster Response Force personnel and material to western Gujarat state in preparation of Cyclone Tauktae from Kolkata, India. (India's Defense Ministry via AP)
This photograph provided by India's Defense Ministry shows an Indian Air Force plane preparing to transport National Disaster Response Force personnel and material to western Gujarat state in preparation of Cyclone Tauktae from Kolkata, India. (India's Defense Ministry via AP)
Indian Air Force had deployed two C-130J and An-32 aircraft for transportation of 167 personnel and 16.5 tonnes of load of NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad. (Image: ANI Twitter/IAF)
Indian Air Force had deployed two C-130J and An-32 aircraft for transportation of 167 personnel and 16.5 tonnes of NDRF from Kolkata to Ahmedabad. (Image: ANI Twitter/IAF)
A passenger waits for his bus at a terminus amidst heavy rains from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: AFP)
A passenger waits for his bus at a terminus amidst heavy rains from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: AFP)
Motorists wade through a flooded street following heavy rains from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai.
Motorists wade through a flooded street following heavy rains from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai.
A man walks past a fallen tree on a street following heavy rains from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: AFP)
A man walks past a fallen tree on a street following heavy rains from Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: AFP)
Auto rickshaws wade through a flooded street during heavy rains caused by the Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: AFP)
Auto rickshaws wade through a flooded street during heavy rains caused by the Cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai. (Image: AFP)
This handout photo released by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel clearing fallen trees from a road following severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' at Margao in Goa. (Image: NDRF via AFP)
This handout photo released by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel clearing fallen trees from a road following severe cyclonic storm 'Tauktae' at Margao in Goa. (Image: NDRF via AFP)
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first published: May 17, 2021 02:05 pm

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