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Cyclone Tauktae: 127 missing after barge sinks amid storm, Navy conducts rescue operation


1.27 pm: Out of the 273 on board the barge P305 adrift off the west coast in Mumbai, 146 have been rescued as of Tuesday morning, reports The Indian Express.

1.17 pm: The India Meteorological Department has predicted “light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over the Gujarat region and Saurashtra on Tuesday”.

1.12 pm: In its Tuesday afternoon bulletin, the weather department has predicted that the cyclonic storm will now move north-northwestwards and weaken gradually into a “deep depression during the next six hours”.

12.50 pm: As of 11.12 am, the Indian Navy said 177 personnel have been rescued. “First batch of 03 Rescuees brought in by Indian Navy Helo,” the tweet says.

SAR Ops Barge P305.
177 personnel rescued so far.
First batch of 03 Rescuees brought in by #IndianNavy Helo.#INSKochi & #INSKolkata along with MV Offshore Energy & MV Ahalya continue with #SAR in extremely challenging circumstances.@DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/Jiede7ucEu

— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) May 18, 2021

12.40 pm: The Indian Navy confirms that the barge P305 has sunk. “146 personnel rescued so far from barge P305 which is sunk on site,” the Indian Navy spokesperson tweets. “Aerial search commenced at first light with Indian Navy P8I on task. Navy Helos standing by await improving of extreme weather conditions.”

12.30 pm: The Indian Navy, in a 6.38 am update, has said that the search and rescue efforts for the…

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