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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Phailin, eye of the storm

This time from sarpanch to state minister, all were in Phailin duty: Naveen Patnaik

Choosing not to celebrate his birthday, Naveen Patnaik was holding rehabilitation and relief meetings with senior officials with focus on restoring electricity in the worst-affected Ganjam district. He spoke to Shishir Gupta in an exclusive interview in Bhubhaneshwar.

Over 2,000 rescued so far after cyclone: NDRF

More than 2,000 people, trapped in various places after cyclone Phailin ravaged the east coast, were rescued and 777 km of roads were cleared by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Phailin effect: Air, rail traffic to Odisha, Andhra take a hit

Almost all airlines cancelled their flights to Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam and the railways cancelled more than 180 trains to the coastal areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in view of cyclone Phailin struck parts of the country’s east coast on Saturday night.

Armed forces deploy men, machines on a war footing

Facing a Category 4 storm packed with destructive winds and torrential rain, the military has mobilised resources on a massive scale to provide humanitarian assistance to an estimated 12 million people likely to be affected — a challenge that will severely test India’s disaster relief capabilities.

Andhra fishermen cool at first, but panicked when sea entered homes

Incredible though it may sound, panic hit this coastal village and adjoining Mangamaripeta a mere three hours before cyclone Phailin made landfall.

Cyclone Phailin: 180 trains cancelled

Cyclone Phailin, which hit the port town of Gopalpur in Odisha around 9pm Saturday, has so far led to the cancellation of more than 180 trains passing through Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Srinand Jha reports.

Cyclone Phailin pummels east coast

Monster storm Phailin, the most powerful cyclone in the Bay of Bengal since 1999, ripped into coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh late on Saturday, uprooting trees and knocking over homes in an orgy of destruction expected to last well into the night. Priya Ranjan Sahu and KV Lakshmana report.

Cyclone Phailin: Railways cancel 56 trains in coastal Andhra, Odisha

The railways cancelled 56 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in view of cyclonic storm Phailin, which is set to hit the east coast anytime now.

Cyclone Phailin: Defence, Army & Navy battle ready says Andhra CM

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy today said that all measures have been put in place to guarantee that there is minimum damage post the cyclonic storm Phailin.

Cyclone Phailin to test Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

BJD leader was seen to be the biggest beneficiary of the natural disaster, which killed nearly 10,000 people and led to the downfall of the then-ruling Congress government.

PM reviews readiness for cyclone Phailin impact

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today directed that all possible assistance be extended to the states which are on alert for cyclone 'Phailin' after reviewing the situation soon after his return from an overseas tour.

Cyclone Phailin hits Odisha; power cut off at several places

The powerful winds snapped trees like matchsticks and swept away rooftops besides flattening paddy crop across a large swathe of farmland. In the soapy seas, waves leapt up to 3.5 metres and smashed into the coasts in giant surges.

Cyclone Phailin: SCR sets up emergency control rooms

The South Central Railway (SCR) has activated emergency control rooms at its headquarters in Hyderabad and Vijayawada, besides patrolling of railway tracks, among other measures, to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm Phailin.

Glass, wood, asbestos sheets fly after Phailin landfall

Broken glass pieces, wood shreds and asbestos sheets flew like killer projectiles in these two adjoining cities, moments after the severe cyclone 'Phailin' slammed into Gopalpur beach.

Cyclone Phailin lashes Odisha with wind speeds of over 200 kmph

Phailin, a  very severe cyclonic storm, said to be the second strongest after the disastrous super-cyclone of 1999, on Saturday struck the Odisha coast, bringing in its wake torrential rains and wind speeds of over 200 kmph in the state and in the neighbouring north coastal Andhra Pradesh.
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