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India evacuations 'saved lives'

Mass evacuations have spared India the widespread deaths many had feared from a powerful cyclone that roared ashore over the weekend, officials said. Nearly one million people were evacuated from the coast ahead of Cyclone Phailin making landfall.

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More than half a million evacuated as cyclone hits India

More than half a million people in India have been evacuated from their homes as the country prepares for the full force of Cyclone Phailin.

The cyclone has triggered the country's biggest evacuation for 23 years, local news station NDTV reported, and at least five people are believed to have died.

The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii showed maximum sustained winds of about 222kph (138mph), with gusts up to 268kph (167mph).

ITV News reporter Jacob Greaves reports:

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