Cyclone Phailin, the most powerful tropical storm India’s eastern coast has faced since 1999, made landfall as heavy rains and winds packing up to 210 kilometers an hour lashed the region, flooding roads and uprooting trees.
India braced for the country’s strongest storm in 14 years to make landfall tomorrow after moving oil vessels out to sea, closing one of its biggest ports and deploying rescue teams to the eastern coastline.
India, which had a military standoff with China in April, proposes to boost its troop strength along the two countries’ disputed border, Press Trust of India reported, citing people it didn’t identify.
Australia plans to buy more Boeing Co. P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol jets than initially projected to replace planes dating from the 1970s, reducing its requirement for drones built by Northrop Grumman Corp.
Priests prepared to cremate some of the hundreds of people killed in flash floods in northern India last week as the armed forces bid to evacuate 5,000 pilgrims still trapped in the foothills of the Himalayas.