India’s Cyclone Phailin leaves trail of destruction

Source: BBC

Indian disaster teams have begun a relief operation after Cyclone Phailin crashed into eastern areas, forcing up to one million people to flee.

Officials are assessing the damage and providing food to hundreds of thousands who spent the night in shelters.

The cyclone wrecked many coastal homes, uprooted trees and blocked roads in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states.

Eighteen people have been killed. All but one of the deaths were in Orissa, a senior state official told the BBC.

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Deltares’ animation cyclone Phailan.