to india now, where cyclone phailin struck this weekend. You can see the size of it, right here behind me, coming ashore as a category 4 storm, bigger than hurricane katrina as it was approaching... See More
to india now, where cyclone phailin struck this weekend. You can see the size of it, right here behind me, coming ashore as a category 4 storm, bigger than hurricane katrina as it was approaching land. The last time a storm this size hit india, 10,000 people died. This time, more than 800,000 were evacuated, 17 people died. And look at the damage tonight. It is enormous. This man returning to find his home flattened. A child searching for belongings in the ruins of her home. And a woman just devastated by how little is left tonight. Abc's muhammad lila is in india tonight, just miles from where the storm came ashore. Reporter: Smashing into the coast, wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. It's being called asia's hurricane katrina, the biggest storm to hit india in years. The massive cyclone enough to cover all of france. We set out before sunrise, heading right into the disaster zone. As we got closer -- the winds have picked up, the rains have picked up. And as we drive by, we can see entire villages, entire farms that have been completely submerged in water. Destroying villages and hundreds of millions of dollars in crops. At least 17 people have been killed. Tonight, officials say the numbers could have been much worse. More than 800,000 people heeded warnings and evacuated, saving lives. This damage is really historical. It never happened like this. Reporter: And david, you can see just some of the storm damage behind me. Now, there is more heavy rain in the forecast for the next 48 hours. And that raises the very big question, what will happen in the days and weeks ahead, as more people try to go back to their homes, fearful to find that they don't have anything left.
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