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India Braces For Powerful Cyclone Amid Deadly Virus Surge

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Fishermen try to move a fishing boat to a safer ground on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, India, Monday, May 17, 2021. Cyclone Tauktae, roaring in the Arabian Sea was moving toward India's western coast on Monday as authorities tried to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

(AP) — A powerful cyclone in the Arabian Sea is moving toward India’s western coast, prompting authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people and suspend COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. Officials say Cyclone Tauktae has already caused heavy rains and flooding that killed at least six people in southern India. The cyclone is expected to make landfall Monday evening in Gujarat state, which has suspended vaccinations for two days. The massive storm comes as India is battling a devastating coronavirus surge — and the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other.

 

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