Extremely severe Cyclone Tauktae, which made landfall on Gujarat coast Monday night, affected thousands across five states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa – since its origin in Arabian sea last week before it finally weakened overnight. Massive rescue operations were undertaken and thousands were evacuated along the country’s western coast.
A powerful video – that captures the rescue of two people from a life raft – shows how challenging it was to carry out these operations amid strong winds and tough weather conditions. Visuals show INS Kolkata carrying out the operation.
INS Kolkata “rescued two survivors from the life raft of vessel Vara Prabha, and joined (the) INS Kochi for the SAR (search and rescue) of Barge P305 crew,” a Navy official said.
With 273 aboard, Barge ”P305” was one of the two barges that went adrift off the Mumbai coast on Monday afternoon.
The other one was GAL Constructor with 137 on board . So far, 177
people have been rescued.
Indian Navy shared updates on Twitter and posted visuals of rescue operations.
The cyclone made landfall in Gujarat at around 8:30 PM on Monday as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”, packing gusts of up to 185 kilometres per hour. By morning, it had weakened to a “very severe cyclonic storm”.
Tauktae is the first cyclone in India this year amid a battle against a deadly second wave of Covid, which has put tremendous pressure on the country’s hospitals.
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