Ships send SOS messages as Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall in India – fr

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Ships send SOS messages as Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall in India – fr


“This cyclone is a terrible double blow to millions of people in India whose families have been hit by record infections and deaths from Covid. Many families are barely afloat, ”said Udaya Regmi, head of the South Asia delegation, International Federation of the Red Cross, in a statement on Monday.

With thousands of people gathered in storm shelters, there were also fears of further spread of Covid-19 as residents huddled in large numbers in storm shelters.

Earlier Monday, India reported 281,386 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, and around 4,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, the UNICEF chief has called on G7 countries to donate their surplus vaccines to COVAX to address the severe deficit caused by the disruption of Indian vaccine exports.

India is one of the world’s largest producers of Covid-19 vaccines, but has temporarily suspended exports to speed up its national vaccination program amid a second wave of the virus that caused its system to collapse. health.

The Indian government faces unprecedented criticism over the deployment. Posters were plastered around Delhi on Sunday asking why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had authorized the export of 66 million doses.

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