Weather forecasters issue a new warning just days after Cyclone Tauktae left a trail of death and destruction on India’s west coast. Some 37 bodies have been recovered after an oil installation vessel sank in the heavy seas.
Mumbai (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A new major storm is heading towards Bay of Bengal, off India’s east coast.
Weather forecasters issued the warning today, just days after India’s west coast was hit by the country’s biggest cyclone in decades, with at least 110 people confirmed dead.
Scientists say cyclones in the region are becoming more frequent and stronger as climate change leads to warmer sea temperatures.
On Monday, Cyclone Tauktae pummelled India’s west coast leaving a trail of death and destruction on its path, compounding the misery of a country barely grappling with a devastating surge in coronavirus cases.
Even before the cyclone made landfall in Gujarat, gusts of up to 185 km/h, heavy rain and strong winds killed about 20 people in western and southern India.
In Gujarat – where winds smashed windows, felled tens of thousands of trees and knocked out power for a huge number of people – the death toll rose to 53, officials said yesterday.
The toll could rise further, however, since local newspapers put the actual number of the dead in the state closer to 80, many killed by collapsing houses or walls.
As it moved across northern India, the cyclone weakened, dumping heavy rain in places like Allahabad and New Delhi, which had the wettest May day on record.
In the meantime, the Indian Navy reported the recovery of 37 bodies after an oil installation vessel sank in the heavy seas. Another 38 are still missing.