Cyclone Yaas nears India's east coast

In India, torrential rains and tidal surges from Cyclone Yaas have lashed the east coast. More than a million people have been evacuated and tens of thousands of homes destroyed.

India's Meteorological Department says Yaas made landfall around noon on Wednesday and crossed the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal.

It is forecast to move north-northwest and weaken slightly, but still classified as a "severe cyclonic storm."

Yaas is the second storm in a week after Cyclone Tauktae killed more than 90 people on India's west coast.

The twin disasters come as India is struggling with a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections, piling pressure onto hospitals and medical workers.