Cyclone death toll in southeast India hits 33
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Thousands of trees were felled by winds that destroyed homes and people were forced to flee to shelters. (AFP pic)
NEW DELHI: The death toll from a cyclone that battered India’s eastern coast has reached 33, a disaster official said Sunday, as authorities assessed the damage caused by the powerful storm.
Cyclone Gaja, which packed winds of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, had barrelled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the coast on Friday.
Thousands of trees were felled by winds that destroyed homes and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee to shelters.
“So far 20 men, 11 women, and two children have died due to the cyclone,” said an official with the state disaster management authority, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to media.
“As of now 177,500 people are housed in over 351 camps….