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Powerful Cyclone Yaas wallops pandemic-stricken India’s east coast

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A powerful storm hit India’s east coast on Wednesday, flattening houses, uprooting trees and electric poles, breaking down sea embankments and flooding large tracts of land. Cyclone Yaas, classified as “a very severe cyclonic storm” by India’s Meteorological Department (IMD), made a landfall along the coast of eastern Odisha state with windspeeds of 130 to 140 kilometres per hour gusting up to 155. Nearly 2 million people were evacuated from habitations in low-lying areas along the coast of Odisha and neighbouring West Bengal before the cyclone arrived. Officials from the two states said sea s…

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