Cyclone Fani Leaves At Least 14 Dead After Nearly One Million Evacuate

By Anna Breuer on 4 May 2019
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DSC_0499A major cyclone struck the Indian subcontinent, battering the coast with wind gusts of 120 mph (193 km/h) and higher. Fourteen people are reported dead, with 63 injured after nearly one million people in the path of the storm were evacuated.

The storm made landfall near Puri Friday night. Puri is a city in Odisha and has over 200,000 residents.

Cyclone Fani is one of the strongest storms to hit the region in decades. It toppled trees and telephone poles and resulted in the near destruction of hundreds of homes. Many people were without electricity and Internet access.

Airports in the region shut down and railroad service was also impacted by the storm.

The storm was over coastal Odisha by Friday night and India’s Meteorological Department said it appears to be weakening.

India’s Coast Guard said that emergency workers had begun to provide aid in impacted areas within the first hour of the storm although some relief efforts were being hampered by the devastation caused by the storm.

Evacuation efforts were considered to be largely successful. In 1999, over 10,000 people perished when a storm of similar strength hit the region.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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