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Over 1,000 rescued after cyclone Yaas hits India

2021 May 28, 10:46, NEW DELHI
Photo taken on May 27, 2021 shows a village hit by cyclonic storm Yaas in the coastal areas of West Bengal, India. Five people were killed on Wednesday after cyclonic storm Yaas hit the coastal area of the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha, local media reported. The cyclone made landfall with marginally lower intensity with a wind speed of 130-140 km/ph. Photo: Xinhua

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday chaired a meeting to review the impact of cyclone Yaas as officials made a detailed presentation on various aspects of preparedness and assessment of damages.

"It was discussed that about 106 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed with 46 teams each in West Bengal and Odisha that rescued more than 1,000 persons and removed more than 2,500 trees, poles that had fallen and obstructed the roads," a statement issued by Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

"The defense forces namely army and coast guard also rescued marooned persons, while navy and air force were on the alert."

Power and Telecom services have been restored in most of the affected areas.

Meanwhile, PMO said Modi will visit Odisha and West Bengal on Friday.

Five people were killed on Wednesday after the cyclonic storm Yass hit coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha.

Authorities in Odisha have shifted over half a million people from low-lying areas, while as in West Bengal around 1.15 million people were evacuated from the coastal areas and shifted to rescue shelters.

Last week cyclone Tauktae wreaked havoc killing many people in rain-related incidents in the country. At least 70 people were killed after barge P305 sank during cyclone Tauktae.

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