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India’s west coast on alert as cyclone Tauktae nears landfall

New Delhi, May 16 (EFE).- India on Sunday was bracing for the imminent arrival of Tropical Cyclone Tauktae.

Authorities warned the severe cyclonic storm could intensify over the next 24 hours before it makes landfall early on the country’s west coast on Tuesday.

The tropical storm, which is moving at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour, has been building up over the Arabian Sea, some 450 kilometers south of Mumbai.

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected to occur in coastal areas of Gujarat on May 17 and May 18,” India’s meteorological department (IMD) warned.

The forecast said wind gusts could reach 175 kilometers per hour before the cyclone makes landfall and weakens.

Several states, including Gujarat and Goa, are on alert for strong winds and heavy rains expected in the coming days.

Tauktae could cause significant damage in Gujarat state, according to the authorities that recommended a total suspension of fishing activities.

The cyclone comes as India is suffering a rapid surge in coronavirus infections, recording more than 311,000 cases and 4,000 deaths on Sunday.

The Indian coast is often hit by cyclones. At least seven people died and hundreds of homes were damaged in December when Cyclone Burevi hit the south of the country.

In May 2020, over 100 people died in India and Bangladesh in super cyclonic storm Amphan, one of the worst in years.EFE

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