(London Guardian) Up to 12 million people could face mass disruption from cyclone Phailin, which is expected to cause severe damage in eastern India after it made landfall on Saturday afternoon.

Three people have been declared dead and rain and winds of at least 137mph continued to lash the east coast on Saturday while hundreds of thousands of inhabitants fled to higher ground or cyclone shelters. The Indian government issued a red alert and warned that the storm, which fills most of the bay of Bengal, could inflict serious damage when it made landfall.

More than 600,000 people had been moved to safety from India’s eastern coastline on Friday as cyclone Phailin was classified as a supercyclone.

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