Cyclone Phailin hits eastern India

Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed by the most powerful storm to hit India in a decade.

Cyclone Phailin hit eastern India overnight with winds of up to 125mph and extreme rainfall battering homes.

Officials say the evacuation of more than 600 thousand people before the storm arrived helped save lives.

Seven people are known to have died so far.

Many people were put in temporary accommodation like schools and churches and are waiting for news of when they can return to their homes.

The area that is affected - Orissa - was also hit by a cyclone in 1999 when more than 10,000 people were killed.

Authorities say they are better prepared this time and five deaths have so far been linked to the cyclone.