Tropical cyclone Phailin, which formed in the Bay of Bengal Wednesday, made landfall and hit the state of Odisha on India’s east coast on Saturday. Nearly a million people were forced to evacuate, as winds reached 140 mph, or category 4 hurricane levels. The storm weakened on Sunday, leaving damage in its wake along with at least 14 dead.
In 1999, a cyclone killed 10,000 people in India. The authorites took no chances this time around, evacuating more than 900,000 people in anticipation of tropical cyclone Phailin.
"We have taken a zero-casualty approach," said Kamal Lochan Mishra, Odisha state's disaster manager. "If people do not move, force will be used to evacuate them,” Mishra added, according to a CNN report.
The displaced populace was evacuated from low-lying areas and houses in hundreds of emergency shelters set up in public buildings.
While the mandatory evacuations minimized casualties, power and communications lines were severely damaged along with extensive property damage throughout the area.
Currently, tropical cyclone Phailin has weakened into a deep depression over north Chhatisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand, according to a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department.
Google has also set up a centralized crisis response website that provides emergency contact information and aid in finding missing persons.
Take a closer look at tropical cyclone Phailin, and the damage left in its wake in the photos below.
A girl runs for shelter in heavy rain brought by Cyclone Phailin in Ichapuram Reuters
People take shelter at a wedding hall after leaving their houses to take shelter from the impact of the approaching Cyclone Phailin, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha Reuters
Waves crash onto the shore at a fishing harbor in Visakhapatnam district in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh October 12, 2013. Reuters
A man covers himself with a plastic sheet during heavy rain brought by Cyclone Phailin as he moves towards a safer place at the village Donkuru in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh Reuters
A woman walks past a fallen marquee and chairs set up for a Christian prayer service, during heavy rains and winds caused by Cyclone Phailin in Ranchi Reuters
Footprints are seen in the mud inside a house after Cyclone Phailin hit Sunapur village Reuters
Hindu priests assess the damage to a temple after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur Reuters
People sit on the roof of a house after Cyclone Phailin hit Brahmapur town Reuters
A man rides his motorbike past an overturned vehicle after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur Reuters
Residents wade through a flooded road after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur Reuters
A woman holds her head after Cyclone Phailin hit Sunapur village Reuters
A woman stands outside her damaged house after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur Reuters
People stand next to overturned boats after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur village Reuters
People walk among debris from a broken wall after it was damaged by a wave brought by Cyclone Phailin in Visakhapatnam district Reuters