Relief groups have begun to operate in eastern India after Cyclone Phailin caused hundreds of millions in damage to property and crops.
Indian officials had forced one million people to flee the oncoming storm resulting in a low death toll. Eighteen people have been reported dead from the massive storm, seventeen in Orissa. In 1999, a cyclone killed 10,000 people in that region.
Authorities said they were better prepared this time. One official told the BBC it was the biggest evacuation in the nation’s history.
The cyclone made landfall on Saturday with sustained winds of 125 m.p.h. Trees have been uprooted throughout the region along with power lines destroyed and cell phone towers toppled.
Officials say at over 1,900 square miles of crops have been destroyed causing a loss of at least $320 million dollars.