In Pictures: Cyclone Phailin - Al Jazeera English

In Pictures: Cyclone Phailin

The most powerful storm to hit India in the last 14 years has caused havoc, displacing 500,000 people.

A powerful cyclone - on the verge of being a "super-cyclone" according to the Indian Meterological Department - made landfall off the Indian coast Sunday morning. The storm forced up to 500,000 people to evacuate, caused widespread destruction to crops and infrastructure, and downed electricty lines in several coastal towns. The official death toll remains unknown at this point, but Indian media has reported several deaths. 

The storm, packing winds around 200km per hour barrelled in from the Bay of Bengal and made landfall in towns of Gopalpur.Officials say it is the most powerful storm to strike India in 14 years. 

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