Mud houses face destruction in India Cyclone Phailin

India's weather department has warned mud houses faced destruction, as a powerful cyclone hit the eastern coastline. It said the disruption of power and communication lines and the flooding of railways and roads was likely.

"We already evacuated more than one lakh [100,000] people. So to that extent we are safe", said the Disaster Management Commissioner for Andhra Pradesh state, T Radha.

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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.