BHUBANESWAR, India/DHAKA (Reuters) – The strongest cyclone to hit India in 5 years killed at least 12 men and women in eastern Odisha state, ahead of swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh on Saturday exactly where much more than a million men and women have been moved to security.

Automobiles are broken by an uprooted tree in a residential location following Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, capital of the eastern state of Odisha, India, Could four, 2019. REUTERS/Jatindra Dash

Getting hit land, tropical cyclone Fani had lost some of its energy and was downgraded to a ‘Deep Depression’ by the Indian Meteorological Division.

A storm surge nevertheless breached embankments to submerge dozens of villages on Bangladesh’s low-lying coast, a disaster ministry official in Dhaka mentioned.

About 1.two million men and women living in the most vulnerable districts in Bangladesh had been moved to some four,000 shelters. The storm destroyed various homes in the Noakhali district, exactly where a two-year-old kid was killed and about 30 men and women had been injured, regional official Tanmoy Das told Reuters.

In India, authorities had been assessing the casualties and harm left behind by cyclone Fani, which had spent days churning gradually, developing energy more than the northern reaches of the Bay of Bengal ahead of tearing into Odisha.

Indian media reported that at least 12 men and women had died across the state, with most deaths brought on by falling trees, but a mass evacuation of 1.two million men and women in the 24 hours ahead of the tropical cyclone created landfall averted a higher loss of life.

The seaside temple town of Puri, which lay straight in the path of Fani, suffered substantial harm, as winds gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph) tore off tin roofs, snapped energy lines, and uprooted trees on Friday.

“Destruction is unimaginable… Puri is devastated,” Odisha’s Specific Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi told Reuters, adding that 116 men and women had been reported injured across the state.

Video footage taken from an Indian navy aircraft showed substantial inundation in places about Puri, with wide swathes of land submerged in the aftermath of the storm.

At least six men and women died in Bhubaneswar, Odisha’s state capital, exactly where fallen trees blocked roads and electrical energy provide was nevertheless to be totally restored.

Ashok Patnaik, director of Capital Hospital, a single of the biggest state-run hospitals in n Bhubaneswar, mentioned 4 men and women had been received dead on Friday and two on Saturday. “All are cyclone connected,” he mentioned.

Bhubaneswar airport suffered considerable harm, but would re-open on Saturday afternoon, India’s aviation ministry mentioned.

Shelters had been set up in schools and other protected buildings to accommodate the evacuees, who integrated scores of vacationers.

Neighboring West Bengal state escaped substantial harm, but authorities moved practically 45,000 men and women to safer areas.

The cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal can final from April to December.

A man cuts branches of an uprooted tree in a residential location following Cyclone Fani in Bhubaneswar, capital of the eastern state of Odisha, India, Could four, 2019. REUTERS/Jatindra Dash

In 1999, a super-cyclone battered the coast of Odisha for 30 hours, killing 10,000 men and women.

But because then, technologies advances have helped climate forecasters track the cyclones much more accurately, providing authorities much more time to prepare, and a mass evacuation of practically a million men and women saved thousands of lives in 2013.

(This story has been refiled to get rid of redundant word “dead” from headline)

Reporting Jatindra Dash in BHUBANESWAR and Ruma Paul in DHAKA Extra reporting by Subrata Nag Choudhury in KOLKATA Writing by Devjyot Ghoshal

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