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Cyclone Yas hits Indian coasts after the evacuation of one million people


Violent winds and torrential rains swept across eastern India on Wednesday, a week after a cyclone hit the coast, forcing the authorities, which are making strenuous efforts to combat the Covid epidemic, to evacuate more than 1.2 million people.


According to the UAE Vision website, many experts say that the frequency and intensity of storms in the waters in the northern Indian Ocean increases under the influence of global warming and water temperature.


Last week, Typhoon Taoktay, the first major tropical storm to hit India this season, killed at least 155 people. The latest storm, dubbed Cyclone Yas, forced the authorities to evacuate more than 1.2 million people in West Bengal and Adwisha, both east of the country.


The Indian Meteorological Department said that cyclone Yas made landfall at around 9:00 am and warned that waves would exceed the roofs of houses in some areas.


Some coastal areas witnessed winds of up to 155 km per hour and heavy rain.


"We have been witnessing heavy rain and strong winds since last night," said a resident of the Balasur area located in the path of the typhoon, Bipho Prasad Banda. "Many trees were uprooted. The cyclone caused electrical cables to separate," he added.


The cyclone preceded the storm killed two people, electrocuted in a district of West Bengal, according to the authorities.


Authorities in Calcutta, the largest city in West Bengal state, ordered the international airport to suspend most flights on Wednesday. Bhubaneswar airport, the capital of Odisha, followed suit.


“Every life matters,” Odisha’s chief minister, Navin Patnaik, appealed to people not to panic and to stay away from the coast.


4,800 rescue workers have been deployed in the two states equipped with logging machines and wires, emergency communications equipment, inflatable boats and medical aids, the National Emergency Response Force has confirmed.

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