On Monday, a cyclone hit the west coast of India as the country faces an ongoing health crisis caused by a massive influx of COVID-19 cases.
The BBC reported that local meteorological services announced the storm’s drought late Monday night local time. At least 12 people have died and more than 150,000 have been evacuated from their homes.
Named “Tautkae” by the Indian Meteorological Agency, the cyclone reached peak speeds of about 103 miles per hour, according to the Associated Press, placing it in the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane.
The Tautkae drought is coming as India has experienced a devastating wave of coronavirus infections in recent weeks. The increase in new cases has almost completely overwhelmed the country̵
“The potential impact of Cyclone Tauktae is frightening, as this monstrous storm threatens the state of Gujarat. Every effort must continue to keep people safe from this dangerous storm and raging pandemic, “said the director of South Asia at the International Committee of the Red Cross / Red Crescent.