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Cyclone Fani causes heavy damage in India and Bangladesh

With wind speeds of up to 205 kilometers per hour swept cyclone "Fani" on India's East coast. The cyclone, now weakened - the damage he leaves behind, are nevertheless enormous.

Destroyed houses, fallen electric poles, entire areas under water: The cyclone "Fani" has left serious damage in India, on his way in the direction of Bangladesh, but significantly weakened.

On Friday morning, had been taken by the tropical cyclone with wind speeds of up to 205 kilometers per hour, the mainland in the vicinity of the city of Puri. 24 hours later, with only less than 100 km/h were measured. The national weather service expected the storm until the arrival of his centre in Bangladesh even weaker.

The power supply. Roads and telephone and mobile networks were all affected, informed the civil protection authority of the Indian state of Odisha. In the district of Puri are all made of mud-brick built houses were severely damaged. In addition, the cultivation were, therefore, areas devastated on a large scale.

television images from the air showed rural areas were under water. Odisha is one of the poorest States of India.

Many of the houses in Puri were badly damaged.

Several fatalities

The number of deaths is according to media reports, in India alone, at least eight, but due to the damaged infrastructure, the communication is, in many places, only possible to a limited extent. The number could rise. Hundreds of people were treated with injuries in hospitals.

in Both India and in Bangladesh coast were cleared areas and hundreds of thousands of residents to safety. In Bangladesh, could be, according to the civil protection authority, around 2.5 million people from the evacuation affected nearly a Million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The members of the Muslim minority living near the coast around the largest refugee camp in the world in a confined space in simple dwellings.

foothills of the cyclone were felt at around 900 kilometres away in Mount Everest: the gusts of the fort blew about twenty tents from the slope of the mountain in Nepal. People do not come to harm.

In the cities the streets were flooded.

the Strongest storm in years

hurricanes are on the Gulf of Bengal are not uncommon, especially between April and November. "Fani" is considered as the strongest cyclone in the area since 1999, when more than 10,000 people in Odisha (then Orissa). At that time the Wind had reached a speed of 260 km/h. Since then, the security arrangements in the state, however, are considered as significantly improved.

According to the newspaper "Times of India" it is thanks to this progress, and significantly more accurate weather predictions, the "Fani" were significantly more people to the victims.

cyclone "Fani" reached the Indian East coast, 03.05.2019 Atlas |India |New-Delhi

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