“The landfall process will continue for next 2hrs.”
The agency first classed Cyclone Tauktae as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” but later confirmed it had weakened into a “very severe cyclonic storm”.
More than 200,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Gujarat on the west coast.
The storm has so far caused 12 fatalities in the states of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.
Gujarat’s revenue secretary, Pankaj Kumar issued a stark warning ahead of the cyclone’s landfall.
He said: “This will be the most severe cyclone to hit Gujarat in at least 20 years.
“This can be compared with the 1998 cyclone that hit Kandla and inflicted heavy damage.”
Udaya Regmi, head of delegation at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, highlighted the crippling effect of Cyclone Tauktae amid the current health crisis.
He said: “This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record Covid infections and deaths.
“Many families are barely staying afloat.”
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