A monster cyclone was lashing India on Tuesday, with powerful winds and driving rain leaving at least 21 people dead, and interrupting the vaccine programme the country urgently needs to get its spiralling Covid-19 outbreak under control.
The storm smashed into the Bombay High oilfield near Mumbai, where India's biggest offshore oil rigs are located, and sank the barge that had 261 personnel on board.
Scientists say cyclones in the densely-populated region, currently reeling from coronavirus, are becoming both more frequent and stronger as climate change leads to warmer sea temperatures.
Authorities in north coastal Andhra districts were on high alert and prepared, as the region is likely to experience heavy rain under the impact of the cyclone, which is expected to make a landfall between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur on Sunday evening.
According to the authorities cyclone packing strong winds and rains barrelled into India's east coast late Sunday, forcing the evacuation of more than 200,000 people in three states to shelters.
A study by researchers at the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia in the United States has said that tropical storms, in the last 21 years, have had an overall positive impact on the ability of mangroves in India to fix carbon dioxide. The study has explored how storms have
It is expected that the UAE's eastern coast will be affected from Saturday night by a sea tide, especially with the period of high tide on the low areas.
Thousands of residents in coastal areas were urged to leave their homes and head to emergency shelters on Saturday as the Gulf state braced for tropical storm Shaheen to intensify into a category 1 tropical cyclone.
The Centre further stated that it is expected that the movement of Tropical Cyclone Shaheen will continue towards the coasts of the Sultanate of Oman during the next 24 hours.