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81 still missing after barge sinks in Arabian Sea, storm to weaken in 6 hours

81 still missing after barge sinks in Arabian Sea, storm to weaken in 6 hours

Tauktae was downgraded to a “cyclonic storm” after it made landfall in Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday. The weather department predicted that it will gradually become a “deep depression” in the next six hours.

The cyclone made landfall around 8.30 pm on Monday, triggering power outages and uprooting trees and electric poles.

The Indian Navy, which has been conducting multiple search operations, said that one of the barges that sent out an emergency rescue call has sunk. The vessel, identified as P305, had 273 people on board, of which 146 were rescued till Tuesday morning. As many as 81 were still missing and the Navy authorities are actively involved in a search and rescue operation.

The India Meteorological Department predicted “light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over the Gujarat region and Saurashtra on Tuesday”.

In the aftermath of the cyclone, at least 24 people died as several states across the western coast of India reeled under the impact of cyclone Tauktae. Twelve people died in Maharashtra, while eight died in Karnataka, four deaths occurred in Gujarat.

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