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1 Million Indians Evacuated As Deadly Cyclone Strikes

A powerful cyclone has struck India, packing winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour as it moved inland.

Disaster management officials say some 12 million people are in the path of Cyclone Phailin, which satellite photos show to be about the size of France.

At least seven people are reported to have been killed, most by falling trees.

However, the biggest evacuation in the country's history, involving 1 million people, has been credited with saving many lives.

Cyclone Phailin was expected to weaken as it moved inland in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

A similar storm in the same region 14 years ago killed 10,000 people.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and dpa