India: Cyclone Thane killed at least 42 dead

India: Cyclone Thane killed at least 42 dead

Pondicherry : India | Dec 31, 2011 at 8:48 AM PST
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Cuddalore: Thane cyclone brings heavy rain

At least 42 people, including one French, were killed by the cyclone that hit Friday Thane southern India, causing extensive damage and cutting off power to many homes, said local officials Saturday.

The cyclone, with winds reaching 140 km / h, hit the coast between the town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu state and the territory of the former French enclave of Pondicherry.

The record now stands at 26 deaths in the district of Cuddalore, said the news agency United News of India, and others in the rest of the region.

Most deaths are due to electric shock and falling walls in the district where about 50,000 homes were destroyed, said an official from Cuddalore, V Amuthavalli.

There are also seven deaths in Pondicherry, local officials said contacted by telephone.

"I've never seen such devastation in my life," said N. Rangasami, an official in the region of Pondicherry.

A French found in this region was killed in the cyclone, said Saturday the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which advises travelers "who planned to travel to this region? New Year to postpone their trip a few days. "

The cyclone also caused Thane extensive damage in the affected area where power cuts persisted Saturday, while hospitals were overwhelmed with wounded.

Power cuts and phone hit several regions, rail and air traffic was normal Saturday, authorities said.

The storm damaged some 70 fishing boats and a cargo ship has even failed to Madras, according to news agency PTI.

India and Bangladesh are regularly hit by cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal between April and November, causing extensive damage to homes, food storage areas and fields.

In 2009, Cyclone Aila hit southern Bangladesh, killing 300 people and destroyed 4,000 kilometers of roads and riverfront. One of the worst cyclones that India has ever seen is the one that hit the state of Andhra Pradesh in 1977, killing more than 10,000 dead.

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Thane lashed the coast between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and the territory of Pondicherry
Thane lashed the coast between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and the territory of Pondicherry
rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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