India braces for powerful cyclone amid deadly virus surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful cyclone roaring in the Arabian Sea was moving toward India’s western coast yesterday as authorities tried to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people and suspended COVID-19 vaccinations in one state.

Cyclone Tauktae, which has already killed six people in parts of southern India, was expected to make landfall yesterday evening in Gujarat state with winds of up to 175 kilometres per hour, the India Meteorological Department said.

Forecasters warned of possible extensive damage from high winds, heavy rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas.

More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin