Indian Vessel Carrying 273 People Sinks in Cyclone Tauktae; 127 Missing

A barge carrying 273 people sank off Mumbai’s coast as 127 are missing due to Cyclone Tauktae, authorities said. 

The Indian Navy has confirmed they rescued 146 from the vessel of a state-owned oil company on Tuesday, after it was caught adrift at sea on Monday amidst heavy rain and strong winds. 

The cyclone, one of the strongest yet in over 20 years, hit coastal states and made landfall at Gujarat state Monday night as it claimed at least 19 lives and destroyed properties. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) classified the cyclone to “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm” with winds up to 160 kilometers per hour on Monday, but has weakened Tuesday morning as it is expected to gradually weaken into a Deep Depression in the next three hours. 

“The remnant of the system is very likely to move northeastwards across Rajasthan to west Uttar Pradesh during 19th & 20th May, 2021,” the IMD said. 

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