UPDATE: Cyclone Phailin makes landfall in India

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 14:19


A huge cyclone that has forced as many as 500,000 people to flee their homes has made landfall in eastern India.


Winds were measured at 200 km/h (125mph) as Cyclone Phailin hit the coast near Gopalpur, Orissa state, at about 21:15 (15:45 GMT).


Authorities had predicted a storm surge of at least 3m (10ft) that was expected to cause extensive damage.


Officials say they are better prepared than in 1999 when a cyclone killed thousands of people in Orissa.

Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 08:26 AM


Cyclone Phailin: Mass evacuations in eastern India

More than 200 thousand people in India are being evacuated as a massive cyclone is sweeping through the Bay of Bengal towards the east coast.


Cyclone Phailin, categorised as "very severe" by weather forecasters, is expected to hit Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states this evening.


The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds up to 220 kilo meters per hour.