Cyclone Tauktae: death toll rises to more than 90 after huge storm hits India

20th May, 2021

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An uprooted tree in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, after Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast of India. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA


The number of fatalities from a major cyclone on India’s west coast has jumped to at least 91 and the navy was searching for another 49 people missing at sea after a barge carrying offshore workers sank in the storm. Cyclone Tauktae, which left a trail of destruction after sweeping in from the Arabian sea on Monday, is the latest storm in what experts say is a growing number of ever-bigger storms in the region because of climate change warming its waters.

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