About a hundred people were reported missing after a ship sank off the coast of India on Monday because of cyclone ‘Tauktae’, as confirmed on Tuesday by the Indian Navy, which is conducting rescue operations in the region.
The Navy said through its account on the social network Twitter that a total of 177 crew members have been rescued to date before emphasizing that the operations are being carried out under “extremely” complicated circumstances.
The barge, which held 273 people at the time of the incident, is one of the two that drifted six dead off the coast of the city of Bombay just before the cyclone hit the coast of the Asian country, where it at least departed.
The sinking took place near an oil plant off the coast of the city, while a second boat, which is also floating with about 140 people on board, ran aground on the outskirts of Bombay. No information is currently available. Victims, as reported by the German news agency DPA.
The ‘Tauktae’, the first cyclone to hit the Asian country so far this year, landed in Gujarat state on Monday with gusts of up to 185 kilometers per hour, although it has since become weaker when it entered the subcontinent, as reported on Indian television station NDTV.