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Rescue workers clear debris as cyclone leaves 8 dead in India

  • An Indian fisherman walks near the anchored fishing boats as strong winds blow a day after a powerful cyclone pounded the Bay of Bengal coast in Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Cyclone Hudhud that slammed into India's eastern seaboard weakened as it moved inland Monday. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    An Indian fisherman walks near the anchored fishing boats as strong winds blow a day after a powerful cyclone pounded the Bay of Bengal coast in Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Cyclone Hudhud that slammed into India's eastern seaboard weakened as it moved inland Monday. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)  (The Associated Press)

  • Two Indian villagers walk through the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. A powerful cyclone was pounding a large swath of India's eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday, killing at least two people and causing major damage to buildings and crops, in one of two storms lashing Asia. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    Two Indian villagers walk through the Bay of Bengal coast at Gopalpur, Orissa, about 285 kilometers (178 miles) north east of Visakhapatnam, India, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. A powerful cyclone was pounding a large swath of India's eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday, killing at least two people and causing major damage to buildings and crops, in one of two storms lashing Asia. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)  (The Associated Press)

  • Travelers ask station staff for the alternative transportation after the train service all around the Osaka metropolitan area is suspended because of approaching Typhoon Vongfong in Osaka, western Japan, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm as it hit the Japanese island of Kyushu after battering the southern island of Okinawa. Train service and flights were disrupted in southwestern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    Travelers ask station staff for the alternative transportation after the train service all around the Osaka metropolitan area is suspended because of approaching Typhoon Vongfong in Osaka, western Japan, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm as it hit the Japanese island of Kyushu after battering the southern island of Okinawa. Train service and flights were disrupted in southwestern Japan. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

More than 1,000 rescue workers and soldiers have begun clearing away piles of uprooted trees and electric poles blocking roads after a powerful cyclone slammed into India's eastern seaboard, leaving at least eight dead.

Rescuers were readying dozens of helicopters, aircraft, ships and boats to carry out relief operations once they get a clearer idea of the extent of damage in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states, said Anil Shekhawat, an Indian official.

Weather forecasters downgraded Cyclone Hudhud to a tropical depression as it moved further inland on a course north-northwest of the city of Visakhapatnam, where it made landfall Sunday.