- Cyclone Fani hit the coast of India on Friday, with at least seven people dead due to the storm.
- The storm struck India’s coast at the equivalent of a Category 5 and with winds of more than 120 miles per hour, and was eventually downgraded from an “extremely severe” to a “very severe” storm.
- Those in Bangladesh are now getting ready for the storm, which is expected to hit on Saturday.
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Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to hit India in two decades, made landfall on Friday morning in the eastern state of Odisha – leaving a path of destruction in its wake and impacting an area that tens of millions of people call home.
At least seven people have been killed in the cyclone, according to CNN, and more than 1 million people had to evacuate in advance.
The storm struck India’s coast as the equivalent of a Category 5 storm with winds of more than 120 miles per hour. While Fani started off as an “extremely severe” storm, it was downgraded a few hours later to a “very severe” storm.
Odisha Police Director General Sanjeeb Panda told CNN that the deaths happened across four districts in eastern Odisha state, and that they were mostly due to fallen trees and collapsed walls.
Those in Bangladesh are now gearing up for Fani’s relentless rain and winds, with the country’s press bureau warning that the cyclone could touch down on Saturday. Aid agencies worry what will happen to the 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar, a makeshift settlement that the refugees call home after escaping persecution in Myanmar. In all, around 2.1 million people in Bangladesh are expected to be evacuated.
In India, government agencies and emergency services have ramped up efforts in India to respond to Cyclone Fani, which slammed the country with flooding, wind damage, and a life-threatening storm surge up to 13 feet, according to the Weather Channel.
Here’s what India looks like since Cyclone Fani unleashed havoc on Friday.
Cyclone Fani created severe damage across India’s coast.
People across Odisha scrambled for shelter to escape the torrential downpour.
Here, villagers try to find a safe place amidst the gusty winds.
Some abandoned their homes completely.
But, they made sure to keep their pets safe!
Villagers in the fishing village of Chandrabhaga took shelter at a government-run school building after being evacuated by authorities.
Other people found themselves stranded at a train station.
These residents inspected the damage caused by the storm.
People in Bangladesh are now taking shelter, with Cyclone Fani expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding over the weekend.
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