Cyclone bears down on India's east coast

Cyclone Yaas is the second storm to hit India within a week after Tauktae tore up the western coast, causing mass evacuations and piling up the pressure on authorities trying to tackle a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections.

The weather office said the "very severe cyclone" had begun landfall and will cross Odisha and neighboring West Bengal states by noon (0630GMT).

More than a million people have been moved out of the storm's path, authorities said. Storm surges have been forecast in the low lying areas of Odisha and West Bengal.