(TWC) – More than 3 million people had been evacuated Thursday in northeast India as Tropical Cyclone Fani approaches the coast. The Odisha government confirmed Thursday that more than 3.3 million people had been evacuated and plan to evacuate more than 11 million in total before the storm hits sometime Friday local time, the Times of India reported.

It is the largest evacuation ever to take place in the country. Ahead of the Category 4-equivalent cyclone churning toward the coast in the Bay of Bengal, thousands of disaster management personnel were sent to the state of Odisha in northeastern India, home to about 46 million people, where scores of people live in mud-and-thatch homes in low-lying areas, Reuters reported. READ MORE

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