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Cyclone has slammed into India's eastern coastline

A powerful cyclone has slammed into India's eastern coastline, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 200 km/h (125mph). Cyclone Fani, one of the most severe storms to hit the region in recent years, made landfall at 08:00 local time (02:30 GMT) on Friday.

More than one million people have been evacuated from the eastern state of Orissa, also called Odisha.

A state official said two people had been killed.Flooding has also been reported in several areas, and forecasters say a storm surge of 1.5m (5ft) could threaten low-lying homes.

Around 800,000 people were evacuated along the eastern coast of India The cyclone made landfall in the tourist town of Puri, which is home to the 858-year-old Jagannath temple.

Source: BBC

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