Navy Coast Guard rescue over 300 people from two barges.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the storm currently lay centred over Saurashtra about 75 km South-Southwest and 40 km West of Surendranagar.

source: The Indian Express.

Rescue operations are still ongoing. In the wake of Cyclone Tauktae, Navy vessels, helicopters, tugboats, and rescue ships have been pressed into service to evacuate over 500 people stuck on different barges in the high sea off the Mumbai coast.

In Gujarat, as Cyclone Tauktae made landfall at 8.30 pm with 190 km per hour gusts, three people were killed and damaged houses and trees, and forced people to flee. Besides this, it killed seven people in Maharashtra as the storm swept past Mumbai on Monday.

According to the updated information, 180 people on-board barge P305, which sunk after it went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, have been saved marking nearly 80 people still missing.

Meanwhile, 339 people onboard Gal Constructor and SS-3 are said to be rescued.

At 2.30 pm Tauktae, which has been downgraded from an 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm to 'very severe', was over Gujarat's Saurashtra, 105 km south-southwest of Ahmedabad.

It is moving north-northeast with winds of 75-85 km per hour at its center and is expected to weaken into a 'depression' in the next six hours.

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