India has made a record in shifting about one million people from the path of a cyclone that kills so many people in its eastern coast to help the country to limit fatalities and highlighted the effective response of the government.
More than 17 people were killed in the Cyclone Phailin, of which 12 near Gopalpur in Odisha which is about 600 kilometers (373 miles) southwest of Kolkata.
Odisha faced heavy rains and winds at a speed of 210 kilometers an hour lashed the region, flooding roads and uprooting trees.
Phailin is the strongest to hit Odisha since 1999, when a tropical storm with wind speeds of 260 kilometers per hour killed 9,000 people.
Manish Choudhary, a director of the Indian Red Cross Society, who is based in New Delhi said that we must thanks and congratulate the government for their restless effort made to protect the people of Odisha and the government has shown sincere efforts compare to previous one.
Surya Narayan Patro, Odisha’s minister for disaster management. said that the state government is facing challenges in making the power supply and transportation comfortable to the villagers and about 15% of the state planting area has destroyed.
Bringing Back Normalcy
The government is trying to bring back the normal condition in the state as state has suffered a lot.State government’s decision to forcefully evacuated people from there are to low lying areas has successfully decrease the death rate.People who have taken shelter under public buildings were being provided by the food relief
Infrastructure modification, weather forecasting, emergency services has made estimations that the damages from Phallin won’t be high .
“As scientists, we stuck to our scientific opinion,” L.S. Rathore, director-general of the India Meteorological Department, said in a briefing yesterday. “Our predictions proved to be more or less accurate.”
Around 600,000 hectares of the state’s rice area were affected, probably destroying an estimated 1 million tons of the grain, said Trilochan Mohapatra, director at Central Rice Research Institute based in Cuttack, Odisha.
The winter sown crop may be damaged because of the cyclone as the the crops may contaminated by the saline water from the sea following the cyclone.
India is the largest rice exporter of which about 10 percent is produced in Odisha said David Streit, a senior forecaster for Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.
The National Disaster Management Authority has released a 1,500-strong rescue force to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states, while the government put the military on standby, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.
Airlines changed flight paths on the route between Mumbai and Bangkok, and between Bangkok and the Middle East, the Business Standard reported, citing an air traffic controller it didn’t identify. India’s railways also canceled or diverted some trains in the region, the Times Now television network reported.
In Jayapur village, about 40 kilometers from Paradip in Odisha, several trees were uprooted, said Hare Krishna Barik, a supervisor at a construction company.
“We have purchased enough rations to last a week,” 57-year-old Barik said in a telephone interview. “The two rivers near the village have swollen up.”
Traffic on the state’s highways toward the high-risk areas has been restricted by the government, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
“The worst is over,” Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Odisha’s chief of relief operations, said by phone. The cyclone affected about 8 million people in 15 districts, he said.