Authorities in northeastern India are clearing trees and downed power lines from roadways Thursday as they rush to bring aid to victims of a savage cyclone that killed at least 119 people and destroyed more than 60,000 homes.
Indian authorities say rice, dried fruit, and tarpaulins were beginning to be distributed. They said the homeless are being shifted to temporary shelters.
The storm ripped across India's West Bengal and Bihar states and parts of neighborning Bangladesh late Tuesday.
Four of the deaths were reported in Bangladesh, including a police officer who was crushed under a wall.
The cyclone packed winds of up to 120 kilometers an hour, destroying power and telephone lines and uprooting trees.
The Bay of Bengal region is frequently battered by storms and cyclones.
In 2007, Cyclone Sidr killed more than 3,500 people in Bangladesh and displaced 2 million others.
Paramashish Ghosh Roy, VOA correspondent from Kolkata, has more on this.