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STORY: India's strongest storm in 14 years left a trail of destruction along the country's east coast on , but little loss of life was reported after close to a million people took refuge in shelters.

Cyclone Phailin was expected to dissipate, losing momentum as it headed inland after making landfall on Saturday from the Bay of Bengal, bringing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) to rip up homes and tear down trees.

Authorities in the state of Odisha said at least seven people died as winds whipped the coast before the storm slammed in, four by falling trees and one when the walls of her mud house collapsed.

The storm snapped trees and electricity poles and smashed windows in several towns and villages of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

In some areas cars were crushed under the weight of uprooted trees and even large trucks had overturned.

The cyclone was one of three major storms over Asia on Sunday. The smaller Typhoon Nari was approaching Vietnam and Typhoon Wipha loomed over the Pacific.

At least 873,000 people in Odisha and adjacent Andhra Pradesh spent the night in shelters, some of which had been built after a 1999 storm killed 10,000 in the same area.

 

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