Cyclone Tauktae: 200,000 evacuated in India state as worst cyclone for two ...

The India Meteorological Department (IMD )confirmed that the powerful storm made landfall at 10.30pm local time (3.30pm BST) on Monday. The “extremely severe cyclonic storm” has been dubbed the worst the country has seen in 20 years.

The IMD tweeted on Monday: “At 2230 IST - centre of the cyclone now lies overland about 20kms East-northeast of Diu.

“The landfall process will continue for next 2hrs.”

The agency first classed Cyclone Tauktae as an "extremely severe cyclonic storm” but later confirmed it had weakened into a "very severe cyclonic storm”.

More than 200,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Gujarat on the west coast.

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Ports and an airport in the state were shuttered as the cyclone approached the region.

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