At least six people have died from heavy rains and winds as virus-stricken India prepares for a strong cyclone, authorities said on Sunday.
More than 150,000 residents are being evacuated from their homes.
Cyclone Tauktae, India’s first major tropical storm this season, is moving north parallel to the country’s west coast bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds to several states, the weather department said.
It is expected to land off the coast of Gujarat early Tuesday morning, with winds of around 155 to 165 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kilometers per hour, the weather bureau added.
— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2021
Thousands of civil protection workers have been deployed to the states while Coast Guard, Navy, Army, and Air Force units have been put on hold, Interior Minister Amit Shah said in a statement.