Mumbai, May 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM19 2NDLD CYCLONE Cyclone fury leaves trail of destruction in Gujarat; 7 dead Ahmedabad: At least seven people were killed in Gujarat as cyclone Tauktae battered parts of the state and left behind a trail of destruction along the coast, uprooting electric poles and trees, and damaging several houses and roads, officials said on Tuesday.

BOM14 CYCLONE-NAVY-4TH LD RESCUE Cyclone: Navy rescues 177 from barge; rescuees land in Mumbai Mumbai: Battling extreme weather, the Indian Navy has so far rescued 177 people on board a barge that went adrift in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai hours before Cyclone Tauktae made landfall on the Gujarat coast, an official said on Tuesday.

BOM21 GJ-CYCLONE-RESCUE-COAST GUARD Guj: 16 people stranded on 2 vessels rescued by Coast Guard Ahmedabad: The Indian Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued eight fishermen onboard a fishing boat which drifted into the sea off the coast of Veraval harbour in Gujarat due to cyclone Tauktae, officials said.

BOM1 GJ-CYCLONE Cyclone Tauktae eye landfall completes, weakens after landfall Diu: The landfall process of the eye of extremely severe cyclonic storm Tauktae, which had hit Gujarat coast in Saurashtra between Diu and Una around 9 pm, ended around 12 am on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department said.

BOM22 GJ-CYCLONE SITUATION-CM Cyclone: Guj CM monitors situation from emergency ops centre Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani remained stationed at the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) for a considerable time during the last 24 hours as cyclone Tauktae was moving fast towards the state, an official release said on Tuesday.

BOM9 MH-CYCLONE-RAIN Intense rain likely in Mumbai; 2 dead in Palghar, 1 in Thane Mumbai: The IMD has forecast moderate to intense spells of rain in Mumbai city and suburbs over the next few hours on Tuesday in the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae, the city civic body said.

BOM18 MH-CYCLONE-POWER SUPPLY Maha: Cyclone snaps power of 18.43 lakh consumers in 2 dists Mumbai: Cyclonic storm 'Tauktae', which hit the Gujarat coast in Saurashtra region between Diu and Una on Monday night after passing close to the Konkan coast in Maharashtra, disrupted the power supply of 18.43 lakh consumers in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, an official release said on Tuesday.

BOM17 CG-NAXAL-BLAST Cop killed in IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh Raipur: A head constable was killed and another policeman injured when Naxals detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Tuesday, police said.

BOM20 GA-CYCLONE-POWER SUPPLY Cyclone: Power supply to be restored in entire Goa by May 19 Panaji: The electricity supply in Goa snapped due to the cyclonic storm Tauktae will be restored by Wednesday, the state electricity department said on Tuesday.

BOM16 MP-VIRUS-CURFEW 'Corona curfew' extended across Madhya Pradesh Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has extended the 'corona curfew' in all 52 districts of the state for different durations, a senior official said on Tuesday.

BOM15 MP-VIRUS-RELIEF-SCHEMES MP: Rs 5 lakh aid to kin of govt staff who died of COVID-19 Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has launched a scheme to provide a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the families of its employees who died of COVID-19, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday.

BOM25 MH-HC-ELGAR-SWAMY Elgar case: HC likely to hear accused Swamy's bail plea on Wed Mumbai: The Bombay High Court is likely to hear the medical bail plea of Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Stan Swamy, an accused in the Elgar Parishad Maoists Links case, on Wednesday.

BOM24 MH-PAWAR-FERTILISERS Pawar writes to Gowda, seeks fertiliser price hike roll-back Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday wrote to Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, demanding a roll-back of increase in fertiliser prices.

BOM10 MH-RAIN-MUMBAI-RECORD Cyclone: Mumbai records highest ever 24-hour rain in May Mumbai: Mumbai received 230 mm rainfall due to the cyclonic storm Tauktae, with a weather expert claiming it to be the highest 24-hour downpour in May in the recorded history.

BOM12 CG-ACCIDENT-BUS 16 injured as bus falls into ditch in Chhattisgarh Raipur: At least 16 people were injured when a private bus overturned and fell into a ditch in Chhattisgarh's Surguja district on Tuesday, police said. PTI RSY RSY