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Officials announced Sunday that four people have died from torrential rains and strong winds, while India, which is witnessing a severe wave of the spread of Covid-19, prepares for a strong typhoon that may force the authorities to evacuate tens of thousands from their homes..
Hurricane “Taoktai”, the first tropical storm to hit India this season, is heading north parallel to the country’s western coast, bringing with it torrential rains, thunderstorms and strong winds to several states, according to the Meteorological Department..
It is expected to hit coastal Gujarat at the earliest date on Monday evening, accompanied by winds of between 150 and 160 km per hour, according to the source..
And the Emergency Management Authority said Sunday that four people were killed Saturday due to wind and rain in Karnataka.
Officials added that many towns and villages are experiencing floods, while property has been damaged.
And local media reported that two more deaths were recorded, while 23 fishermen were missing in the neighboring state of Kerala.
Up to 75,000 people are expected to be evacuated from coastal areas in Gujarat, as vaccination operations against COVID-19 have been suspended for Monday and Tuesday, officials said..
Maharashtra assured that the supply of oxygen and energy to hospitals will not be affected by the cyclone, while hundreds of patients infected with the virus will be transported from field hospitals..
India is facing a wave of deadly Covid injuries that has pushed its health system to the brink of collapse and led to a significant shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and medicines..
The vast country of 1.3 billion people recorded more than 311,170 new infections Sunday with the virus, bringing the total number of infections it had to 24.7 million.
The number of deaths rose to more than 270,000 after 4,077 deaths were officially recorded in the last 24 hours.
Experts point out that the toll may be much higher than the official one.
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