According to the Times of India, the Sagar Bhushan oil rig and an auxiliary barge of the oil rig will be launched into the sea as a result of the hurricane. The newspaper reported that during the storm, the two ships washed out into the sea, from the coast outside Bombay (Mumbai), to about 90 kilometers southeast of the coast in the neighboring state of Gujarat.
According to Agence France-Presse, nearly 300 people were on board when the storm struck. The Indian Navy said it has mobilized rescue ships and helicopters to rescue people. At the time of writing, just under 200 people have been rescued while 96 people are still missing.
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Tokta has resulted in torrential rains, floods and waves of up to three meters along the western coast of India. About 20 people have been confirmed dead, but it is feared that the number will rise further due to the loss of many more.
About 100,000 people were evacuated in Gujarat prior to the cyclone, which with the strength of winds above the boundaries of the hurricane is believed to have been the strongest to hit the country in more than 30 years.
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