At least 137 people were killed and up to 1 million in eastern India were left homeless after a strong tornado flattened thousands of homes in the states of West Bengal and Bihar. U.N. agencies and humanitarian groups said they have started distributing candles, plastic mats, tarpaulin sheets and other supplies to homeless survivors. This tragedy comes after a recent report by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund found that poverty reduction in India has slowed due to the ongoing economic slump. The crisis is also hindering progress on several U.N. Millennium Development Goals, including hunger, gender equality, disease control, access to safe water, and maternal and child health, the IANS reports.

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