A cyclone which was threatening to strike India's southern coast has weakened and may even fizzle out in the Bay of Bengal before it can reach land on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from coastal regions of southern India returned home Thursday, as a powereful cyclone dissipated hours before it was due to hit Andhra Pradesh state.
A cyclone packing winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (65 mph) was inching menacingly towards India's southeast coast Wednesday.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/10/17