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Falling trees cause material damage and block roads in cities;  16 people have already been killed by the hurricane.Photo: Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters

Cyclone Tauktae hits the coast of India, with winds of up to 210 km / hr causing devastation and deaths

Mumbai, India – Cyclone Taukta hit the western coast of India with winds of up to 210 kilometers per hour. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated From their homes. Gujarat authorities closed important ports and airports. In the midst of the health crisis caused by Covid-19, one of the main concerns, at the moment, is ensuring that hospitals are supplied with supplies and oxygen, but vaccination campaigns had to be stopped.

Falling trees cause material damage and block roads in cities; 16 people have already been killed by the hurricane.Photo: Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters

According to the local meteorological agency, the hurricane is expected to lose strength within the next 24 hours. Tauktae is the strongest typhoon to hit the continent in more than two decades.

Officials said the cyclone had already killed at least 16 people and left a chain of devastation as it passed through the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.

The Covid-19 vaccination center destroyed by the winds of typhoon Tauktae in Mumbai (PHOTO: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)
The Covid-19 vaccination center destroyed by the winds of typhoon Tauktae in Mumbai (PHOTO: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

Health crisis: A village in India caring for Covid-19 patients under a tree with IV bags hanging from branches

The Indian Navy said it rescued 146 people from one of the two boats that were off the coast of Mumbai, adding that reconnaissance planes and helicopters have been deployed to search the seas.

Covid-19

The storm is adding pressure on Indian authorities, which are already grappling with a massive number of Covid-19 infections. The biggest concern at this time is the disruption in the transport of medical oxygen to hospitals, due to the storm.

Time is running out for the authorities to disinfect streets and roads, thus ensuring that oxygen is transported to hospitals with Covid-19 patients.Photo: SUJIT JAISWAL / AFP
Time is running out for the authorities to disinfect streets and roads, thus ensuring that oxygen is transported to hospitals with Covid-19 patients.Photo: SUJIT JAISWAL / AFP

“Our priority is to clean the roads, so that there is no effect on the transport of oxygen,” said Gurang Makwana, representative of Bhavnagar district in Gujarat.

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