Two people run from huge waves on Gopalpur beach in Ganjam district
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Cyclone Phailin batters eastern India

12 October 2013 Last updated at 22:46 BST

A huge cyclone that has forced as many as 500,000 people to flee their homes has made landfall in eastern India.

Winds were measured at 200 km/h (125mph) as Cyclone Phailin hit the coast near Gopalpur, Orissa state, at about 21:15 (15:45 GMT).

Authorities had predicted a storm surge of at least 3m (10ft) that was expected to cause extensive damage.

Andrew North reports.