Cyclone Tauktae hits Mumbai with torrential rain

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Cyclone Tauktae killed at least 12 people and left a trail of destruction as it brushed past the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, the authorities said.

In Mumbai, authorities were forced to suspend operations at the city's airport and close some main roads due to flooding.

Mumbai's urban rail system, one of the world’s busiest, was also affected as tracks flooded. A Reuters witness saw trees uprooted and stranded cars and buses in the city.

The 1998 cyclone killed at least 4,000 people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

The latest cyclone piles pressure on local administrations already struggling with a high caseload of COVID-19 infections.

"This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record COVID infections and deaths. Many families are barely staying afloat," said Udaya Regmi, South Asia head of Delegation, International Federation of Red Cross, in a statement on Monday.

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