Cyclone Tauktay is approaching the Indian state of Gujarat, with winds ranging from 155 to 185 km / h, the National Meteorological Service warns.
A similar cyclone hit the region more than two decades ago, in 1998. It killed 4,000 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, shutting down the main airport and ports and evacuating hundreds of thousands of people. Now the Gujarat government is actively preparing for the disaster – 50 special brigades have been sent to coastal areas, almost 150,000 people living there will be evacuated, AMPE reports.
The authorities are alarmed by a possible power outage and assistance to covid patients – 1,383 oxygen generators have been prepared in hospitals for coronavirus patients. Patients with covid-19 are transported from hospitals located on the coast over a distance of 5 km. The authorities are keen to avoid power outages in some 400 hospitals and 41 oxygen plants in 12 coastal regions. State Revenue Minister Pankaz Kumar says:
“To ensure there are no power outages in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, 1,383 generators have been installed. To transport oxygen to hospitals, 35 “green corridors” have been created. It will be the strongest cyclone to hit Gujarat in at least 20 years. It can be compared to the cyclone of 1998, which hit Kandla and caused serious damage. “
The authorities are also concerned about … lions. Forty representatives of the endangered species of Asiatic lions are found only in the Saurastra region of Gujarat. According to forecasters, the blow of the elements in this area will be especially powerful. Siamal Tikdar, head of the State Forest Service says:
“There are about 40 lions in some parts of the coastal city of Saurastra, and we are watching them. Some of them have already moved to great heights. We hope for the best and pray that the lions are safe. “
In the state of Gujarat, the immunization campaign has been suspended for 2 days, according to AMPE. It has officially recorded 9,000 coronavirus deaths, although experts say the number is much higher.