Heavy cyclone ashore in India: two million people evacuated

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least two people died in India on Wednesday after the heavy cyclone Yaas landed earlier in the morning. The storm in the east of the country rains hard and waves are meter-high at sea.

Due to the cyclone with gusts of wind up to 155 kilometres per hour, housing and electricity masts have been damaged in the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha. Several villages have also been flooded. The National Disaster Service is active with almost 5000 employees.

One of the fatalities died after his house collapsed, the other was dragged into the sea by the waves. The first reports of wounded are also already in, but it is not clear how many casualties there are.

India has evacuated nearly two million inhabitants as a precautionary measure since Sunday. They are taken care of in schools and government buildings. The mass evacuations are disrupting the authorities attempts to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Although the number of new infections in India is declining, the pressure on care is still enormous.

Yaas is the second cyclone in a short time in India. A week ago, at least 155 deaths on the west coast were killed by Cyclone Tauktae.