22 bodies recovered after barge sinks off Mumbai

Indian Navy says search and rescue operation on to find the missing personnel

Anadolu Agency May 20, 2021
People rescued by the Indian navy from a barge that sank in the Arabian sea walk out from Indian naval ship INS Kochi at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, India on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. ( Imtiyaz Shaikh - Anadolu Agency )


A total of 22 bodies have been retrieved from the Arabian Sea after a barge was hit by Cyclone Tauktae on Monday and sank 35 nautical miles from Mumbai, officials said Wednesday.

A rescue operation is going to trace the missing people, with 188 have been rescued so far, according to the Indian Navy.

Navy spokesman Commander Mehul Karnaik told Anadolu Agency that 22 bodies had been recovered so far and rescue operation continues for the remaining personnel.

Tauktae that made landfall late Monday in the western state of Gujarat with wind gusts of up to 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour, has left behind a trail of destruction.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of the Cyclone Tauktae affected areas of Gujarat and Diu.