Thousands evacuated in India as strong Cyclone Yaas inches closer

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    Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from two states in India as “severe” Cyclone Yaas bears down on the east coast.

    It is likely to come ashore on Wednesday, and is the second cyclone to hit the country in just over a week.

    Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports.

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