780 000 people evacuated as major cyclone approaches India's coast

780 000 people evacuated as major cyclone approaches India's coast

- A major cyclone is expected to make landfall on India's eastern coastline on Friday

- Hundreds of thousands have been evacuated as a result

- Shelters have been set up and teams are traveling India's Odisha state to warn residents

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Nearly 800 000 people living on India's eastern coastline have been evacuated as a major cyclone is expected to make landfall on Friday.

The cyclone is expected to carry winds of up to 200km per hour.

The bulk of these residents are from India's Odisha state, which is expected to be the hardest-hit part of the country.

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Roughly 1 000 shelters have been set up in locations such as schools and state buildings in order provide residents a safe place during the cyclone. 

Additionally, teams of people have traveled door-to-door to warn residents and tell them to evacuate or find shelter.

The country is bracing itself for Friday's cyclone, named Fani, which is predicted to be the largest the country has experienced in over 20 years, according to Eyewitness News. Its intensity has been compared to that of a category 3 hurricane.

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The Indian weather office has warned that the cyclone will cause flooding and damage homes and infrastructure, like power lines. 

Several Indian states are on high alert as the cyclone approaches, as previous cyclones have done significant damage on the country's eastern coast. For example, 250 people died in 2017 due to Cyclone Ockhi, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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