Cyclone Tauktae

robert massimi
6 min readMay 19, 2021


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At least 26 people are dead and more than 100 missing after Cyclone Tauktae slammed India’s western coast over the past two days. The storm made landfall Monday with wind speeds equivalent to an intense Category 3 hurricane — almost 125 mph — becoming the strongest cyclone to hit India from the Arabian Sea on record.

Rescue teams raced to recover more than 90 crewmembers from a barge sunk off the coast of Mumbai, with more than 700 others reportedly stranded on three other ships sent adrift by the high winds. See photos of the aftermath here.

The storm arrived as India grapples with the worst COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic. While cases have begun to fall from a peak of nearly 400,000 per day (see data), reported deaths — which typically lag a rise in cases — have surpassed 4,100 per day. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 corpses have washed up on the banks of the Ganges River, possibly linked to coronavirus deaths in the country’s rural areas.

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robert massimi

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