Modi flies over Cyclone-hit Indian states

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 two people, 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 on most parts of the eastern coast and cut off communication to some areas. Modi surveyed areas in Bhadrak and Baleswar districts of Odisha, and Purba Medinipur in West Bengal state.