A cyclone lashed the Nadia district of West Bengal in North Eastern India on Sunday(11 May) killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 400.
LV AND SV PAN: Crowd standing near damage and unrooted tree in street of Krishnanag (2 shots)
LV AND CU: Trees bent and uprooted by cyclone (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Fallen trees and destroyed houses. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: Man clearing tree blocking road (2 shots)
LV AND CU: Demolished houses with people sitting with salvaged possessions (3 shots)
SVs AND CUs: Demolished houses. (5 shots)
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Background: A cyclone lashed the Nadia district of West Bengal in North Eastern India on Sunday(11 May) killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 400.
SYNOPSIS: The storm swept across the state, unrooting trees and demolishing houses in its path. There had been other severe storms in Northern India during the week, and local weather forecasts had warned of the danger ahead. This prevented an even bigger loss of life.
Most of those who died were trapped under falling trees which caused much of the damage in Krishnanag, a town caught at the centre of the cyclone. Roads were blocked by the unrooted trees, making relief work difficult. Power lines were brought down across a wide area, adding to the problem.
Three days before, the neighbouring state of Uttah Pradesh had been swept by a dust storm and cyclone. It claimed the lives of a least 125 people. Later the storms were to move east to Calcutta where eight children died when a school building, in which they were sheltering, collapsed.
Houses in this region of West Bengal are of simple construction, and were unable to withstand the force of the cyclone. For a small town with limited resources, the task of reconstruction ahead is formidable, and already there have been appeals for aid from the relief agencies.