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Cyclone Nilam hits Indian coast after Sri Lanka flooding

The south-eastern coast of India has been hit by Cyclone Nilam, with wind speeds reaching 100km/h (60mph).

Nearly 4,000 people have been evacuated to escape the storm which is buffeting the city of Chennai. Several trees have been uprooted, but so far there have been no injuries.

As it heads west, Cyclone Nilam is now hitting the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, and the town of Pondicherry.

SC Bhan, director from India's Meteorological Department, explained that the cyclone was weakening.

  • 31 Oct 2012
  • From the section Asia