Cyclone Phailin 'claims 14 lives'

Hundreds of thousands of people fled coastal areas as Cyclone Phailin hit. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Fourteen people were killed by the cyclone that lashed India's east coast over the weekend, an Indian disaster management official has said.

Marri Shashidhar Reddy of the National Disaster Management Authority told reporters that 13 of the deaths were in the state of Orissa, with another in Andhra Pradesh.

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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.