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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 December, 2003, 06:23 GMT
Cyclone kills 50 in south India
Family walk through flood waters caused by high winds
More than 8,000 families have lost their homes
A cyclone has killed at least 50 people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Heavy rains and winds up to 100km per hour destroyed homes and buildings, damaged plantations and caused floods in coastal districts, officials said.

Some 8,000 families have lost their homes and crops on 300,000 acres of farm land have been destroyed, says a BBC correspondent.

Weather officials said the storm has now weakened.

The severe storm also uprooted thousands of trees and electricity and telephone poles.

Temperatures dipped in the predominantly tropical state and one official told the BBC that the dead included people who had succumbed to "cold weather".

The state government has announced compensation of 50000 rupees ($ 1111) to each family who had lost members in the cyclone.

Nearly 20,000 villagers had been evacuated before the cyclone began, an official told the Associated Press news agency.

This was the first winter cyclone in the state in 18 years.

At least 10,000 people died in the neighbouring state of Orissa when a cyclone hit its coastal areas in 1999.




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