Thursday 22 August 2019

Three killed and hundreds injured as cyclone hits Indian coast with 200kmh winds

Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclone to hit India in 20 years (stock photo)
Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclone to hit India in 20 years (stock photo)

Saptarshi Ray

Three people died as the strongest cyclone to hit India in 20 years left a trail of destruction through the north-eastern coastal state of Odisha yesterday.

Cyclone Fani made landfall in the resort town of Puri with wind speeds exceeding 200kmh before moving inland, ripping through the state capital of Bhubaneswar and forcing more than a million people to take refuge.

Arun Bothra, inspector general of Odisha police, described the damage in Bhubaneswar as "massive".

Winds were so severe that they ripped roofs off buildings and toppled industrial cranes, trees and double-decker buses.

At least 160 people in the town were injured. In Puri, a teenager was reportedly killed when a tree collapsed on him, while in Nayagarh district a woman died when she was struck by flying concrete. The third casualty was a woman (65) who died of a suspected heart attack after seeking refuge at a cyclone shelter.

Irish Independent

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