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More than a million spared from deadly cyclone

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Cyclone Fani, which ripped through eastern India and sideswiped Bangladesh, left a trail of destruction and left more than 30 people dead.
 
The immense storm killed at least 29 people in India—mostly in Odisha (Orissa), while at least five were reported dead in neighbouring Bangladesh.
 
Authorities said the evacuation of 1.2 million people from more than 10,000 villages prior to the category 5 storm making landfall on May 3 prevented a larger death toll and minimised injuries.
 
In Bangladesh, 1.6 million people were evacuated before the storm hit.
 
Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, India, commended the government’s actions, saying the evacuations “reduced the death toll significantly.”
 
According to the India Meteorological Department, Cyclone Fani was one of the strongest in 20 years, packing winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour and a storm surge as high as 1.5 metres.
 
Caritas India is already assisting with rebuilding efforts, while Caritas Khulna has been helping those affected in Bangladesh.

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