Cyclone Helen hits India
Just weeks after a massive cyclone tore through parts of India’s eastern coast; the country is preparing itself for another battering as Cyclone Helen arrives on land.
With winds up to 90km/h and heavy rain, the country’s meteorological department has classed the oncoming weather as ‘severe’ and warned of ‘extensive damage to thatched roofs and huts’.
Cyclone Phailin hit the same area last month, resulting in at least 27 fatalities, as winds reached 200km/h.
Cyclone Helen is not believed to be as ‘vicious’ as the predecessor yet the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal areas was completed prior to its arrival.
A spokeswoman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Trupti Parule, told the AFP news agency that there is likely to be ‘minor damage to power and communication lines due to uprooting of large trees’ and that twenty rescue teams have been deployed in the flood zone.
She added: “Evacuations of thousands has already taken place and provision for food, water and shelter are also on track. [The aim is to have] zero casualties.”