• More Than 125 Missing At Sea After Cyclone Batters India

Strong waves brought on by Cyclone Tauktae lash a shoreline in Mumbai, India. (Photo: AFP-Yonhap News)



[Anchor]

The Indian Navy says more than 125 people are missing at sea after their barge was sunk by Cyclone Tauktae, which has battered India's west coast.

A rescue operation for the workers, who used the barge as a base for offshore oil rigs, managed to save 150 of them.

On land, at least 20 people were killed by the cyclone, which made landfall on Monday.

The BBC's Devina Gupta reports.

[Reporter]

High winds and heavy rainfall marked the arrival of the cyclone in the state of Gujarat last night.

Wind speeds reached 190 kilometers per hour, damaging buildings, bringing down electricity lines and uprooting trees across the coastal region.

National disaster response teams have been deployed to supervise the evacuation of thousands of people.

As the weather clears off the coast of Mumbai, Army choppers have been deployed to rescue 300 more people still stuck at oil rigs in the region.

Further disruption is expected throughout the day, but the weather office says there are signs that the storm has started to weaken.




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