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Powerful Cyclone Hits Eastern India

强烈飓风侵袭印度东部

A powerful cyclone has hit eastern India, downing trees and power lines and causing widespread damage in coastal areas.

一场强烈的飓风袭击了印度东部,吹倒了树木和电线,给沿海地区造成了大范围的伤害。

Officials said Cyclone Fani had winds up to 200 kilometers an hour when it struck the seaside state of Odisha Friday morning.

官员们说,周五早上,飓风“法尼”袭击海滨奥里萨邦时风速高达每小时200公里。

The storm spent days building up strength in northern waters of the Bay of Bengal before making landfall.

暴风雨登陆前好多天,就开始在孟加拉湾北部海域蓄力。

India’s Meteorological Department described Cyclone Fani as “extremely severe.” Disaster officials said about 1.2 million people were evacuated from low-lying areas of Odisha and moved to nearly 4,000 shelters.

印度气象部门称,飓风法尼“异常严重”。灾难官员说大约有120万人从奥里萨邦的低洼地带转移到了将近4000个避难所里。

The storm heavily damaged the coastal town of Puri. Most of the area’s thatched-roof houses were destroyed. The road into Puri was blocked by fallen trees and downed electricity lines. A special train ran Thursday to evacuate visitors.

这场暴风雨极大地破坏了沿海城市-普里,该地区大多数茅草屋都被破坏了,通向普里的道路被倒下的树木和电线挡住了。周四,一列特殊的火车用来疏散游客。

To the north, in West Bengal state, the airport in the capital Kolkata was closed from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.

在孟加拉邦北部,首都加尔各答机场从周五下午到周六上午关闭。

At least 200 trains were canceled across India.

印度境内至少200列火车被取消。

The latest storm hit in the middle of India’s six-week general election. The weather caused political parties in Kolkata to cancel campaign events.

最近的一场暴风雨发生在印度长达六周的普选中期,这种天气导致加尔各答的政党取消了竞选活动。

In neighboring Bangladesh, officials planned to move 500,000 people from seven coastal areas, a government minister said. Ports were also ordered closed. Weather officials predict the storm will likely hit Bangladesh late on Saturday.

一位政府部长说,在邻国孟加拉国,官员们计划转移7个沿海地区的50万人。港口也都被下令关闭,气象官员预测暴风雨很可能在周六晚些时候袭击孟加拉国。

Officials in Bangladesh suspended the activity of ships in the country, which has about 130 rivers. Local media reports said water began flowing into at least 10 villages in coastal Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh. The reports said the force of the cyclone caused flood barriers to break.

孟加拉国的官员暂停了该国大约130条河的运输活动。当地媒体报道说,水开始流向孟加拉国南部沿海地区,至少10个村庄会受影响。报道说龙卷风的力量摧毁了洪水屏障。

Aid agencies warned that more than 1 million Rohingya from Myanmar living at refugee camps near the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar were at risk. A representative for the aid group CARE said it had emergency supplies ready for the refugees.

援助机构警告说,超过100万居住在缅甸沿海地区附近考克斯巴扎难民营的罗辛亚人都处在危险之中。援助组织的一名代表说,他们已经为难民准备了紧急物资。

India’s cyclone season can last from April to December. In the past, several severe storms caused widespread damage and numerous deaths in both India and Bangladesh. But technological developments over the years have helped officials better predict storm activity and take necessary steps to prepare.

印度的飓风季会从4月持续到12月,以往,几次强烈的飓风导致了印度和孟加拉国大范围的破坏和无数人死亡。但是,多年来科技的发展帮助了官员们更好地预测暴风活动,并采取必要的措施去做准备。

I’m Bryan Lynn.

布赖恩·林恩报道。

 

Powerful Cyclone Hits Eastern India

A powerful cyclone has hit eastern India, downing trees and power lines and causing widespread damage in coastal areas.

Officials said Cyclone Fani had winds up to 200 kilometers an hour when it struck the seaside state of Odisha Friday morning.

The storm spent days building up strength in northern waters of the Bay of Bengal before making landfall.

India’s Meteorological Department described Cyclone Fani as “extremely severe.” Disaster officials said about 1.2 million people were evacuated from low-lying areas of Odisha and moved to nearly 4,000 shelters.

The storm heavily damaged the coastal town of Puri. Most of the area’s thatched-roof houses were destroyed. The road into Puri was blocked by fallen trees and downed electricity lines. A special train ran Thursday to evacuate visitors.

To the north, in West Bengal state, the airport in the capital Kolkata was closed from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.

At least 200 trains were canceled across India.

The latest storm hit in the middle of India’s six-week general election. The weather caused political parties in Kolkata to cancel campaign events.

In neighboring Bangladesh, officials planned to move 500,000 people from seven coastal areas, a government minister said. Ports were also ordered closed. Weather officials predict the storm will likely hit Bangladesh late on Saturday.

Officials in Bangladesh suspended the activity of ships in the country, which has about 130 rivers. Local media reports said water began flowing into at least 10 villages in coastal Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh. The reports said the force of the cyclone caused flood barriers to break.

Aid agencies warned that more than 1 million Rohingya from Myanmar living at refugee camps near the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar were at risk. A representative for the aid group CARE said it had emergency supplies ready for the refugees.

India’s cyclone season can last from April to December. In the past, several severe storms caused widespread damage and numerous deaths in both India and Bangladesh. But technological developments over the years have helped officials better predict storm activity and take necessary steps to prepare.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

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Words in This Story

cyclone – ​n. a violent storm with very strong winds that move in a circle

evacuate – n. to move people from a dangerous place to somewhere safer

thatched-roof – adj. a roof made of natural materials such as straw and mud


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