Cyclonic rainfall floods eastern Indian cities

A powerful cyclone swept into eastern India from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday (May 26), inundating hundreds of low-lying villages, making more than 50,000 people homeless and killing at least one person, officials said.

Cyclone Yaas was packing gusts of up to 140 kph (87 mph) as it made landfall, days after another storm tore up the western coast, triggering mass evacuations and piling pressure on authorities battling a deadly second wave of the coronavirus.

The cyclone left a trail of destruction behind it in most parts of the eastern coast and cut off communication to some areas. High tides were still visible in the sea after the cyclone had passed from West Bengal.