Cyclone batters eastern India, 1.2 million seek shelter

Cyclone Tauktae: Extremely hot, dry weather continues to hit Karachi

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Karachi: Extremely hot and dry weather will continue today (Tuesday) in Karachi, Hyderabad, Shaeed- Banzirabad, Badin and Mirpurkhas districts due to the cyclonic storm “Tauktae”.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PDM) stated: “Last night, the intense cyclone Tauktae deepened into a severe cyclone and crossed the Indian state of Gujarat and weakened into a strong cyclone storm covering the Indian state of Rajasthan.”

In the next 12 hours, there may be some dust/thunderstorms in the Tharparker and Umerkot areas, accompanied by gusts of 30-50 Kmph.

Until tonight, the sea conditions will still be very bad, and fishermen in Sindh are advised to avoid entering the deep sea. They can resume activities from tomorrow (May 19). The conference office informed that this was the final warning in this regard.

On the other hand, a major cyclone packing ferocious winds and threatening a destructive storm made landfall in western India, disrupting the country’s response to its devastating Covid-19 outbreak.

At least 12 people died over the weekend and on Monday in torrential rains and winds as Cyclone Tauktae, according to press reports the biggest to hit western India in 30 years, swept over the Arabian Sea with Gujarat state in its sights.

The cyclonic system has been packing winds of 155-165 kilometres per hour (95-100 miles per hour) gusting up to 185 kmph, the Indian Meteorological Department tweeted.

In waterlogged and windswept Mumbai, where authorities on Monday closed the airport and urged people to stay indoors, authorities shifted 580 Covid patients “to safer locations” from three field hospitals.

Six people died and nine were injured as the storm lashed Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, the chief minister’s office said.

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