India braces for powerful cyclone amid deadly virus surge

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NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful cyclone in the Arabian Sea is moving toward India’s western coast, prompting authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people and suspend COVID-19 vaccinations in one state. Officials said Monday that Cyclone Tauktae has already caused heavy rains and flooding that have killed at least six people in southern India. The cyclone is expected to make landfall Monday evening in Gujarat state which has suspended vaccinations for two days. The massive storm comes as India is battling with a devastating coronavirus surge — and both the storm and the virus could exacerbate the effects of the other.

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