By Hannah Masterson
33 people were killed as lashing winds up to 135mph and heavy rain ripped through India’s south-eastern coastline yesterday as Cyclone Thane roared onshore.
The storm uprooted trees, tore traffic signals from their posts and sent shards of glass and other debris whizzing through the air.
Thane hit the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry. But it took a decidedly southern turn as it made landfall, severely affecting the Tamil Nadu district of Cuddalore, south of Chennai.
Winds were gusting in Cuddalore at almost 90 miles per hour.
Most of the deaths were due to wall collapses, electrocution, drowning and severe cold.
Cuddalore district collector V Amuthavalli said the damages were extensive. “As per preliminary assessment, more than 5,000 houses of fishermen were damaged in the cyclone. Telephone lines were affected” she said.
This is the strongest cyclone to hit India in 2011