The Canadian Press
November 1, 2012 — A tropical storm weakened Thursday after slamming into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge that displaced 150,000 people. Six deaths have been reported in India and Sri Lanka.
The cyclone had maximum winds of 75 km/h after landfall. A storm surge of up to 1.5 metres was forecast to flood low-lying coastal areas, the India Meteorological Department said.
Power supplies were disrupted to parts of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.
State authorities turned 282 schools into relief centres across Chennai and the city's port halted cargo operations. Twenty-three ships were moved to safer areas.
About 150,000 people were moved to shelters in Nellore.
In Sri Lanka, 4,627 people were displaced by flooding and 56 people fled due to a landslide threat. According to local media, about 1,000 homes were damaged in floods.