The cyclone Tauktae hits the coast of India with winds of up to 210km / h, causing destruction and deaths.

Falling trees cause physical damage and roads in cities get blocked;  16 people have already died before the cyclone Photo: Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters

Mumbai, India – Cyclone Touke carried winds at a speed of 210 km / h along the west coast of India. More than 200,000 people evacuated Of their homes. The Gujarat State Government has closed important ports and airports. One of the major concerns at this time, amidst the health crisis caused by Kovid-19, is to ensure the supply of hospitals with supplies and oxygen, but the vaccination campaign had to be stopped.

Falling trees cause physical damage and roads in cities get blocked; 16 people have already died before the cyclone Photo: Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters

According to the local meteorological agency, the cyclone’s strength is expected to decrease in the next 24 hours. Taukata is considered the most powerful cyclone in more than two decades reaching the continent.

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

Vaccination against Kovid-19 destroyed by cyclone winds in Mumbai Post Photo: Indranil Mukherjee / AFP
Vaccination against Kovid-19 destroyed by cyclone winds in Mumbai Post Photo: Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

Health crisis: A village in India takes care of Kovid-19 patients under a tree with IV bags hanging from branches.

The Indian Navy said it had rescued 146 people from one of the two boats off the coast of Mumbai, adding that surveillance planes and helicopters were deployed to explore the sea.

COVID-19

The storm puts pressure on Indian officials, who are already battling impressive cases of Kovid-19 infection. The biggest concern at this time is due to the interruption in transportation of medical oxygen to hospitals due to the storm.

Officials are taking time to clean roads and roads and thus ensure oxygen transport to hospitals with Kovid-19 patients Photo: Sujit Jaiswal / AFP
Officials are taking time to clean roads and roads and thus ensure oxygen transport to hospitals with Kovid-19 patients Photo: Sujit Jaiswal / AFP

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

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