Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cyclone Thane Kills 42 in Southern India

Cyclone Thane, which hit southern India on Friday (December 30) with winds reaching 140 kilometers an hour (85 miles an hour), has reportedly killed 42 people, including a French national, as engineers rushed to restore power supplies knocked out by the gale.

COMMENT: India and Bangladesh are regularly hit by fierce cyclones in the Bay of Bengal between April and November, causing major damage. Most injuries and death are attributed to cases of electrocution and building collapses. In 2009, Cyclone Aila tore through southern Bangladesh killing 300 people and destroyed 4,000 kilometres of roads and river embankments, leading to major flooding. India saw its worst cyclone in 1977, when more than 100,000 people were killed.

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