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Cyclone Fani to hit eastern Indian coast

A powerful cyclone has hits India’s eastern shoreline, bringing heavy rains and winds of up to 200 km/h (125mph).

Cyclone Fani, one of the most powerful storms to hit the region in recent years, made landfall at 08:00 local time (02:30 GMT) on Friday.

More than one million people have been displaced from the eastern state of Orissa, also called Odisha.

Officers said three people have been killed in the state so far.

Flooding has also been stated in several areas, and analysts say a storm rush of 1.5m (5ft) could threaten low-lying homes.

The cyclone made shore in the tourist town of Puri, which is home to the 858-year-old Jagannath temple.

It is predicted to hit 15 districts in Orissa, one of India’s poorest states, before fading on Saturday.

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