"Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this natural disaster, and I applaud government officials for conducting massive evacuations prior to the storm which no doubt saved many, many lives," Congresswoman Grace Meng, a member of the House on Foreign Affairs Committee, said.

"I ask all Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to all who have been impacted by this tragedy," she said in a statement. Over 9.9 lakh people stating that over 9.9 lakh people had been evacuated ahead of the cyclone in Odisha that helped to save many lives.

(Agencies)

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