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Cyclone heading towards India – more than a million evacuated

At eight o'clock on Friday morning Swedish time, is expected cyclone Fani pull in across the state of Odisha in north-eastern India. Winds with speeds of up to 56 metres per second is expected to hit the area, reports the AFP news agency. Even large amounts of rainfall and high tidal waves are expected in on Friday.

Close to 800,000 people are forced to evacuate as the cyclone Fani reach India's east coast. Photo: NOAA/AFP

As a preventive measure, the authorities are on to evacuate 1.2 million people from the coastal area.

"We do our utmost to inform them of the cyclone and move these vulnerable people to protection", said Bishnupada Sethi, the government specialkommissionär to The Guardian.

the Two airports have been closed and boats have been moved from ports. More than 200 trains to the state has been set, reports the Indian Express.

According to Reuters, there are 900 safe places in the state, including schools and governmental buildings, where people can seek protection.

so far, The worst cyclone in Odisha killed over 8,000 persons in the year 1999.

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