A devastating cyclone tore across several villages of North Dinajpur district in India's eastern state of West Bengal this week, killing more than 100 people.
About 50,000 homes are said to have been severely damaged.
“There was a strong gale and it became very dusty. A portion of our house roof fell on my brother and he died,” said one villager.
“There has been a huge loss of both lives and property here,” said another local resident. “Almost all the houses have been damaged. Some houses have lost roofs; the road is also in bad condition. We have never seen such destruction ever in our lives.”
By Wednesday evening, authorities had begun rushing medical teams and food supplies to the hardest-hit areas. Temporary shelters were being set up for those who had lost their homes.
The rescue effort is still underway, but it's not going as quickly as most people would like. Rescuers have to clear hundreds of uprooted trees to get to where they need to be.
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