Assessing damage from Cyclone Thane

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CUDDALORE DISTRICT, India [ACTED News] - Cyclone Thane hit the Tamil Nadu coast on 30th December 2011 before heading inland, damaging or destroying 470,000 houses and almost 600,000 hectares of agricultural land with winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour. Human casualities were relatively few, but the shelter and livelihood rehabilitation of affected families is likely to take years. As part of the humanitarian community, ACTED has carried out assessments in some of the most affected areas and is in close contact with our partners to monitor the situation on the ground.