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A woman stands inside her damaged house after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur village

A woman stands inside her damaged house after Cyclone Phailin hit Gopalpur village, in Ganjam district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha October 14, 2013. A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India's fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed. Cyclone Phailin was expected to dissipate within 36 hours, losing momentum on Sunday as it headed inland after making landfall from the Bay of Bengal, bringing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) that ripped apart tens of thousands of thatched huts, mangled power lines and tore down trees. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Cyclone Phailin hits India

The Indian coast guard rescued 17 sailors on Monday whose cargo ship sank during Cyclone Phailin, officials said, as the death toll in the storm rose to 23 people along the eastern coastline.

A mass government evacuation of nearly 1 million people spared India the widespread deaths many had feared from the powerful weekend cyclone, which destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of crops and tens of thousands of homes. (AP)

(Associated Press)