Cyclone kills 6, darkens towns in India

2013-11-22 17:21
An Indian rickshaw puller carries people to a cyclone shelter near Chatrapur in Ganjam district about 200km from the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India. (Biswaranjan Rout, AP)

An Indian rickshaw puller carries people to a cyclone shelter near Chatrapur in Ganjam district about 200km from the eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India. (Biswaranjan Rout, AP)

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Hyderbad - A strong cyclone has killed at least six people and knocked out power to hundreds of villages in southern India.

The India Meteorological Department says the storm made landfall on Friday with winds of 80 to 90km/h and heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh state.

State Revenue Minister Raghuvira Reddy said six people were killed by falling trees and electric poles and gushing waters. Nearly 30 000 people were evacuated to safer areas on Thursday.

A stronger cyclone that hit Orissa state last month killed 25 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. The evacuation of about 1 million residents kept the toll from rising higher.

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