Cyclone Tauktae further devastates India

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India’s army and navy continue to search for 26 people still missing more than three days after a powerful cyclone sank a barge off the country’s west coast, killing 49 people on board. Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to barrel into the west coast in two decades, has killed at least 46 others after wreaking havoc in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala. Around 186 people have been rescued out of 261 on board the barge, which sent an SOS on Monday after its anchors gave away, leaving it adrift. The barge, carrying mostly construction workers, sank near oilfields around 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Mumbai. The Mumbai Police on Friday registered a first information report against the captain of the barge on the complaint of the barge’s chief engineer, who had alleged that the captain did not take weather warnings seriously. The captain is one of the missing.

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