Cyclone Yaas: more than a million evacuated as storm hits India’s east coast

26th May, 2021

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National disaster response workers patrol the shore in West Bengal, India, ahead of Cyclone Yaas. Photograph: Rupak de Chowdhuri/Reuters


More than 1.2 million people have evacuated low-lying areas of India’s east coast as Cyclone Yaas made landfall on Wednesday. A week after Cyclone Tauktae claimed 155 lives in western India, wild weather has already caused two deaths and inflicted damage to homes amid heavy rain and high winds rains in Odisha and West Bengal states.

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