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Cyclone Fani Hits India Killing 2, Millions Evacuated

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Cyclone Fani Kills 2 leaving millions evacuated

The strongest tropical cyclone to hit India in 20 years made landfall Friday, killing two people and lashing the country’s east coast with ferocious winds and torrential downpours.

Tropical Cyclone Fani struck near the city of Puri, in Odisha state, as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane — packing sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour). The storm is expected to weaken as it moves north-northeast in the next six hours toward Kolkata, one of India’s most populous cities, and Bangladesh.

The two people who died in Odisha were killed by falling trees, police spokesman Sanjeev Panda said.

Meteorologists say storm surges remain a risk as Fani is hitting low-lying coastal regions.
Aid agencies are also concerned for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar and are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh near the coast.

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