At least 42 people have been killed in one of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in recent years, and only the third in the past 150 years. Earlier in 1999 Odisha was hit by a super-cyclone that left nearly 10,000 dead.
As per details, twenty-nine of the dead were in eastern India’s Odisha state and 13 in Bangladesh, officials in the two countries said — a fraction of the casualty numbers seen in past cyclones. Cyclone Fani barreled into Odisha on Friday (May 3) , packing winds up to 200 kilometres (125 miles) an hour before losing intensity as it headed towards Bangladesh. Twenty-one deaths were reported in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Puri, said Odisha special relief commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.
The sound and the fury : here’s what the landfall at Puri by #CycloneFani actually looked like..Video by @PIBBhubaneswar pic.twitter.com/4GpvKFkRQ3— PIB India (@PIB_India) May 3, 2019
The sound and the fury : here’s what the landfall at Puri by #CycloneFani actually looked like..
Video by @PIBBhubaneswar pic.twitter.com/4GpvKFkRQ3
— PIB India (@PIB_India) May 3, 2019
Thousands of trees and mobile phone towers were uprooted and roofs were torn off by the storm. Many homes have now gone three days without power. Odisha Chief Minister’s appeal to help the state rebuild itself after the devastating Cyclone Fani, that has killed 34 people and left property worth crores in ruins, received huge support on social media.
India has earned praise from the UN and other experts for the speedy evacuation of 1.2 million people in the powerful storm’s path and minimising the loss of life. Improved forecasting models, public awareness campaigns and well-drilled evacuation plans — backed up by an army of responders and volunteers — saw Odisha’s inhabitants spared the worst of Fani’s fury.
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22 July, 2019