10/12/2013, 00.00
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India prepares for Phailin , the worst cyclone in 14 years

Maximum alert in the Orissa and Andhra Pradesh: the evacuation of more than 400 thousand people ordered. Winds up to 269 kilometers per hour expected. In 1999, a similar storm caused at least 10 thousand victims in the same area .

Delhi ( AsiaNews ) - The Indian central government has ordered the evacuation of more than 400 thousand people living on the Bay of Bengal , the area that will be hit by the cyclone Phailin tonight. According to meteorologists this is the worst storm to strike India since 1999, when a super -cyclone hit Orissa , killing 10 thousand people .

State officials say they are "much better prepared " , but in any case they ordered the evacuation of areas in Phailin's path. Usually, these storms cause damage in a series of chain events: trees fall, houses - built without any safety parameter - collapse. Debris clog the drains creating " urban rivers" , which increase floods and health risks as well as the spread of epidemics.

According to the Government Met Department winds of 220 kilometers per hour are expected: the U.S. Weather Center of Hawaii talks about gusts of up to 270 kilometers . The cyclone is set to hit the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, and it is unclear for how long its fury will last. The army is on high alert in the two states and is preparing for emergency first aid and recovery : the mud houses that are located on the coast of Gopalgur are cause for the greatest concern.


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