India makes biggest evacuation as killer cyclone wreaks havoc

13 Oct

By Charlotte Turner

Cyclone Phailin ripped through India’s east coast leaving a trail of destruction on Sunday and up to seven people dead after the biggest evacuation in India’s history to minimise casualties.

The national disaster agency told AFP on Sunday the country completed its biggest ever evacuation ahead of the arrival of Phailin, with about a million people moved from their homes.

“We were preparing for a super cyclone, but Phailin did not turn into a super cyclone,” spokeswoman for the National Disaster Managament Agency, Tripti Parule, said by phone.

“The last biggest evacuation in India’s recorded history was in Andhra Pradesh in 1990 — and this is now much bigger.”

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