A tropical cyclone has savaged India's south-east coastline for the second time in a week.?
AERIAL VIEW Flooded coastal area around Madras. (2 shots)
LV Heavy sea
CU Broken masonry on the foreshore.
LV PAN Broken bridge SPAN TO people in flood water.
SV Battered palms in coconut grove.
SV Twisted metal pylon.
CU PAN FROM Shattered tree TO house with roof tiles missing. (2 shots)
CU INT OF House with missing tiles.
SV AND GV Men repairing roof of Velangani of Mother Mary Church. (3 shots)
LV AND CU Crushed cars beneath collapsed metal garage. (3 shots)
SV AND LV EXT AND INT OF Nagappattinam Stations with damage.(2 shots)
GV AND LV Damaged Nagappattinam harbour building. (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Flooded coastal area around Madras.
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Background: A tropical cyclone has savaged India's south-east coastline for the second time in a week. More than 1,500 people are thought to have died in the two storms, which have been described as India's worst natural disasters for several years.
SYNOPSIS: The second cyclone hit the coast near Madras on Saturday (19 November), causing wide-spread flooding. Winds up to 95 miles (150 kms) an hour flattened thousands of dwellings, leaving 100,000 people homeless.
Tidal waves which swept through the coastal town of Machilipatnam and surrounding villages brought havoc, killing at least 200 people. When the cyclone devastated 250 miles of coastline in Andhra Pradesh state, an estimated 1,000 people died.
Authorities described losses of rice, sugar, coconut and banana crops in both storms as "colossal". The first cyclone had struck exactly a week earlier, claiming over 400 lives, mainly in Tamil Nadu state. Most of the victims were fishermen, swept away by coastal floods and rough seas. Others died when houses collapsed.
Many buildings, such as this church, lost roofs and windows in the storm. Hundreds of others were left past repair.
Worst-hit in the first cyclone was the port town of Nagappattinam. Wind damage and the ravages of flooding cut off many villages from help. meteorologists feared the second cyclone would blast this battered town as well.
Preparations were made for evacuation, but the approaching storm then veered north towards Madras, where thousands of people were moved to high ground.