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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

7 Killed as Cyclone Yaas strikes eastern India

By United States Naval Research Laboratory -, Public Domain,

Cyclone Yaas struck the eastern coast of India on Wednesday bringing heavy rain, storm surge, and lashing the region with wind gusts up to 140 km/h.

The storm has claimed at least seven lives.

In the Hooghly District, a tornado passed in Bandel and killed two people due to electrocution, while five were injured.

In the town of Keonjhar, a man was flattened to death as a tree fell over him. A 15-year old boy was found dead in a pond, located in the village of Jagannath Khunta in Mayurbhanj. Two farmers from Pandua were struck by lightning while on their fields, killing them while a senior citizen from Asansol became the seventh fatality from Yaas as her house collapsed, trapping her.

Some 1.2 million people were forced to evacuate.

Over 80 houses were damaged and power lines were brought down.

Ten individuals were rescued from a capsized boat, somewhere in Odisha.

It was just last week that Cyclone Tauktae hit the west coast of the country.


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