Cyclone Fani mass evacuation averts catastrophe

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Published on May 4, 2019 - Duration: 00:53s

Cyclone Fani mass evacuation averts catastrophe

At least 12 people have been killed in India from cyclone Fani, which brought mass devastation when it made landfall on Friday.

But the evacuation of at least 2.4 million people in India and Bangladesh has likely stopped a worst case scenario.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

Cyclone Fani mass evacuation averts catastrophe

Cyclone Fani (fahhni) has left flooding and damage across parts of India and Bangladesh, but the evacuation of over two million people in those countries appears to have helped avoid a worst case scenario.

Fani killed at least 12 people when it made landfall on Friday (May 3) in eastern India with winds of over 200 miles per hour.

It was later downgraded to a depression as it moved inland toward Bangladesh.

Regardless, it was the strongest storm to hit the region in five years.

Now attention is turning to recovery efforts and salvaging what is left in the worst-hit areas.

In Bangladesh alone people have been moved to over 4,000 shelters.

India's Prime Minister Modi is expected to visit the parts of his country hit on Monday (May 6).

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