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40K+ people evacuated as Cyclone Phailin set to hit coastal areas of Andhra, Odisha

October 12, 2013 | By

Odisha, India (October 12, 2013): According to a news reported by the Hindustan Times (HT) the residents of low-lying villages on the coast of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh began evacuating on Friday morning as cyclonic storm Phailin is set to lash the coastal districts of the two states on Saturday (October 12).

“Phailin is categorised as a Category 4 cyclonic storm on a scale of 1 to 5, according to London-based storm tracking service Tropical Storm Risk. The super-cyclone in 1999 that killed around 10,000 people in Odisha was a Category 5 storm”, the HT news report reads further.

The Odisha and Andhra Pardesh governments have geared up to deal with the impact of the impending cyclone that brewed over east central Bay of Bengal and has intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm.”

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