Rescue ops underway in India after Cyclone Yaas

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and regional rapid action forces used boats to evacuate people stranded amid swollen water bodies in the hinterland.

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.

Authorities said more than a million inhabitants had been moved out of the storm's path and the busiest regional airport, in the city of Kolkata, had been shut until Wednesday evening.

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