The cyclone struck India’s west coast on Monday as the country was grappling with a health crisis plagued by large numbers of COVID-19 infected people.
The BBC news agency reported that the local weather service announced the storm late Monday night local time. At least 12 people were killed and more than 150,000 people had to evacuate their homes.
The cyclone is named “Tautkae” by the Indian Meteorological Agency. The cyclone has a maximum wind speed of about 103 mph, according to the Associated Press, which is equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane.
The Tautkae collapse comes as India has suffered a severe coronavirus infection in recent weeks. The rise of new patients has overwhelmed most of the country̵7;s health systems, leading to a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen tanks and even healthcare workers.
“The potential impact of Cyclone Tauktae is horrific as this monster storm threatens Gujarat. Every effort must be continued to keep people safe from this deadly storm and outbreak. “Said director of the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies for South Asia.