India’s western state of Gujarat is braced for Cyclone Tauktae, reported to be the strongest storm to hit the region since 1998.
At least six were killed and thousands evacuated in the last two days amid heavy rains accompanying the storm.
The meteorological department said the storm has now intensified into an “extremely severe Cyclonic Storm”.
The Cyclone comes amid a devastating second Covid wave which has overwhelmed India’s healthcare system.
The storm is expected to make landfall in Gujarat on Monday night with wind speeds of up to 160 kilometre per hour
Both Gujarat and its neighbouring state Maharashtra are on high alert amid forecasts of heavy rains and wind.
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