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Cyclone Kills 8 in Eastern India

  • VOA News

Rescue workers are starting to repair power and communication lines in eastern India, after a powerful cyclone passed through the region, killing at least eight people.

Cyclone Hudhud has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but is still expected to bring more rain to inland areas, after making landfall at the port city of Visakhapatnam on Sunday with winds up to 195 kilometers per hour.

The storm knocked down trees and power lines and ripped the roofs off homes in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states, where authorities evacuated nearly 400,000 people ahead of the storm. Officials said most of the deaths were due to the collapse of poorly constructed buildings.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit the area Tuesday. Military ships and aircraft are preparing to head to the region with assessment and rescue teams as well as disaster relief.

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