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One dead as cyclone skims France's Reunion island
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Le Port, Reunion (AFP) Jan 03, 2014


One person died and 15 were injured after a cyclone packing winds of 150 kilometres (95 miles) an hour brushed by the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, officials said Friday.

A red alert asking residents to remain indoors was lifted on Friday.

But the cyclone caused widespread damage uprooting trees, damaging and flooding dozens of homes and severing power and water supplies.

The sole death from Thursday's cyclone Bejisa was an elderly person found outdoors, La Reunion's top government official Jean-Luc Marx said.

Two of those injured were in serious condition after falling from a roof and a ladder while trying to secure their homes, local officials said.

State-run power firm EDF said downed lines cut electricity to about 172,000 households.

Around 200,000 people -- roughly a quarter of the island's population -- had water cut to their homes. The eye of Cyclone Bejisa passed within 15 kilometres (10 miles) of the western side of Reunion.

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SHAKE AND BLOW
15 hurt as powerful cyclone brushes France's Reunion island
Le Port, Reunion (AFP) Jan 02, 2014
A cyclone packing winds of 150 kilometres (93 miles) per hour brushed by the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion Thursday, injuring 15 people, damaging houses and disrupting power supplies. Two of those hurt were in serious condition after falling from a roof and a ladder while trying to secure their homes, local officials said. The other 13 were slightly hurt in similar incidents despite ... read more


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