India washed into the sea after the barge sank, and drifted second after the cyclone
The Indian Navy is working to rescue the crew from the sunken barge and the second cargo ship that drifted off the coast of Mumbai on Tuesday when a deadly hurricane hit the west coast.
The Navy said it has rescued 177 of the 400 people on two barges in the Arabian Sea. The Navy said that the three frontline warships were part of the rescue operation and were searching at sea.
Both barges are owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, India’s largest crude oil and natural gas company.
Hurricane Tauktae is the most violent storm in more than two decades. When it landed ashore in Gujarat on Monday night, gusts of up to 210 kilometers per hour. Four people were killed in the state, and the total number of storms reached 16.
On Tuesday, residents came out of the rescue station and found debris scattered on the road, trees uprooted, and electrical wires damaged.
In Maharashtra, six people were killed on Monday, but the state’s capital, Mumbai, was largely spared from any major damage, even as heavy rain hit the city’s coastline and strong winds swept the skyscrapers. Last weekend, the cyclone killed six people as it moved along the western coast in Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.
The cyclone weakened, but the Indian Meteorological Department predicted heavy rainfall in many areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra in the next few days.
Before the hurricane, about 150,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Maharashtra and Gujarat. SN Pradhan, head of the National Disaster Response Force of India, said that the evacuation shelter complies with social evacuation regulations, and the rescue team is clearing debris from the disaster-stricken area.
These two states are already one of the hardest-hit areas of the coronavirus pandemic. They have reached out to the disaster response team. They are worried that the storm will endanger India’s fight against the coronavirus, supply lines have been cut off, and roads have been destroyed. , The blockade measures slowed down rescue efforts.
Tropical cyclones are rarer in the Arabian Sea than on the east coast of India and usually form later this year. But experts say that changing climate patterns make them more intense, not more frequent.
In May 2020, Hurricane Amphan hit the area, the most violent storm hitting eastern India in more than a decade, killing nearly 100 people.