Cyclone Phailin pounds India
- Published: 13 Oct 2013 at 10.41
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An immense, powerful cyclone that lashed the eastern Indian coast, forcing 500,000 people to evacuate and causing widespread damage, weakened Sunday after making landfall.
This satellite image made available by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center shows Cyclone Phailin off the coast of India at 7:30 a.m. EDT (11:30 GMT) on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The massive, powerful cyclone packing heavy rains and destructive winds struck India's eastern coastline Saturday evening. (AP Photo/JTWC)
Five people died in the rains that fell ahead of the storm, most killed by falling branches, Indian media reported, but the situation on the ground in many areas was still unclear Sunday morning after Cyclone Phailin made landfall the previous evening in Orissa state, and power and communications lines were down in coastal districts.
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