Several people had been killed as Cyclon Fani hits India.
Tearing winds shook trees like straws as a powerful tropical storm, Cyclone Fani, barrelled into the coast of Odisha’s Puri district on Friday morning.
Fani, prounounced “foni”, is expected to move into West Bengal next, weakening as it proceeds; it will then travel across Bangladesh and re-enter India’s Northeast.
The scale of Cyclone Fani — it is now an “extremely severe” cyclonic storm — has attracted international attention, and Indian authorities have evacuated over a million people.
The Press Trust of India reported that three people had been killed. Trees and electricity poles have been uprooted, and houses have been damaged.