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Odisha Phailin updates: cyclone moves northwards at 20kmph

Severe cyclonic storm Phailin, which forced the evacuation of over eight lakh people, left a trail of destruction in coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and disrupted communication lines before weakening considerably today.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2013 16:15 IST
Priya Ranjan Sahu

Severe cyclonic storm Phailin, which forced the evacuation of over eight lakh people, left a trail of destruction in coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and disrupted communication lines before weakening considerably on Sunday.

Here are the latest alerts from Odisha:

As many as seven coastal districts are reeling under power cuts since Saturday afternoon. Electricity in state capital Bhubaneswar is expected to be restored by noon.

13 electricity towers damaged all over Odisha, including 9 in Ganjam.

Electricity grid in Narendranath town in Ganjam district is damaged.

I have asked SOUTHCO (pvt power co.) to resume power in 3 days: SN Patro, revenue and disaster management minister

• 8.73 lakh people evacuated from 99 blocks, 39 urban areas spread over 12 disrticts. Scale of evacuation unparalleled in the world, claims Patro.

Cyclone Phailin left a trail of destruction: a displaced family waits at Sonupur village around 15 kms from Gopalpur. (AFP Photo)

• 2-3 lakh mudhouses damaged in Ganjam district.

• Danger of flooding in Baripada town, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Khurda districts.

• 5 gates of Hirakud dam opened in Sambalpur district.

• Mahanadi, Baitrani, Budhabalanga rivers in spate after heavy rains upstream.

Telecom services have also suffered a major blow. The high wind speed also left the antennae at several places twisted and snapped, further affecting mobile services.

Phailin over Odisha moved northwards during past 3 hours with a speed of 20kmph and lay centred at 0530 hours IST of 13th October 2013 over Odisha near latitude 20.50N and longitude 84.50E, close to Phulbani.

The system would move northwards for some more time and weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm by noon of Sunday and into a deep depression by evening of on Sunday.

Rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (=25 cm) would occur over Odisha during next 24 hours and isolated heavy to very heavy fall during subsequently 24 hours.

A motorcyclist rides past fallen traffic signal poles during Cyclone Phailin at a road crossing in Berhampur. (AP Photo)

Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over north coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 24 hours and over Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal during next 48 hours.

Gale wind speed of 130-140 kmph prevailing at 0530 hrs IST would gradually decrease to 80-90 kmph by noon and further to 50-60 kmph by evening of Sunday over Odisha.

Extensive damage to 'kutcha' houses. Partial disruption of power and communication lines. Disruption of rail and road traffic. Potential threat from flying debris. Flooding of escape routes. Extensive damage to agricultural crops.

It will be very high along and off Odisha coast and very rough to high along and off north Andhra Pradesh and very rough along & off West Bengal coast during next 12 hours.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along north Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal coast during next 24 hours. Judicious regulation of rail and road traffic in vulnerable areas. People in affected areas to remain indoors.

High tension towers and signals were uprooted, damaged platforms and tracks blocked by trees due to high-velocity winds of Cyclone Phailin. East Coast Railways on Sunday said no trains were moving in Bhadrak-Khurda Road-Palasa-Vizianagaram sections.

The overbridge and platform shelter at Brahmapur, Ganjam, Somepeta, Balugaon, Mancheswar and Khurda Road stations were either blown away or damaged, EC or Railway said.

Men with their bicycles make way through uprooted trees fallen during Cyclone Phailin on a road in Berhampur, Odisha. (AP Photo)

The overhead equipment at Khurda Road-Palasa was not functioning and an attempt to charge it had failed.

The overhead equipment at Cuttack-Paradeep and Barang-Khurda Road sections were also not functioning and tower wagons from Bhadrak and Jajpur-Keonjhar Road had already moved out to the sections.

High tension towers were uprooted at many locations in Khurda Road-Brahmapur section.

A large number of uprooted trees were lying on the track and overhead equipment, the release said.

The running of major trains between Kolkata and Chennai passing through Odisha would be affected due to these developments, ECoR sources said.

What happened yesterday:

The areas likely to suffer maximum damage are the stretch between Kalingaptam and Paradip. Gopalpur will be the epicentre.

The 'eye' or centre of the cyclone estimated to be 15 kilometers in spread. Its intensity will continue till Sunday morning, Met officials said.

"The very severe cyclonic storm will after 6 hours turn into (normal) cyclonic storm and then deep depression," said LS Rathore, the director general of the Indian Meteorological Office.

Glass, wood, asbestos sheets fly after Phailin landfall

Many vehicles in Berhampore toppled by the effect of the strong winds about 45 minutes after the land fall of the cyclone.

People staying in houses and hotels prayed and sought divine intervention to end the gusty winds which tossed everything making them objects of critical injury.

"We just wish the cyclone effect passes out soon...it is very frightful," Ramesh Pattnaik, who runs a hotel in Berhampore told PTI.

Officials said 129,100 people were evacuated from 294 villages of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts.

The authorities opened 115 relief camps. While 56 camps were opened in Srikakulam, 43 were opened in Vizianagaram and 16 in Visakhapatnam district.

A woman prays to God to save them from Phailin cyclone at a cyclone shelter at Kanamana village near Gopalpur, Odisha. (PTI Photo)

India Meteorological Department 9pm press conference

Cyclone Phailin has started crossing Odisha coast near Gopalpur with wind speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour

"Very severe cyclone Phailin has just started crossing the coast near Gopalpur. The reported wind speed is 200 kmph," Rathore told reporters in New Delhi.

Rathore said that the cyclone posed a danger to a 150-kilometre (around 95 miles) stretch of coastline in the states of Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Orissa state.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall were also widespread in the districts of Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Kendrapara in coastal region besides state capital Bhubaneshwar.

The extent of damage wreaked by the cyclone was not immediately available. Three people were killed in Odisha in the heavy rains ahead of the storm.

Darkness enveloped wide swathes of the coastal districts of Odisha, especially Ganjam, whose Gopalpur-on-sea was the entry point for the storm uprooting trees and electric poles.

A young boy reaches a relief camp after being evacuated as it rains near Berhampur. (AP Photo)


Govt ready with choppers, aircraft, ships for cyclone rescue

Eighteen helicopters, 12 aircraft and two war ships have been kept ready by the government for rescue and relief operations.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Indian Air Force choppers and aircraft and the two navy ships are placed in close proximity of the eastern coastline and would be deployed for rescue and relief operations.

"The cyclone has left Andaman Nicobar Islands and will hit Odisha any time now. Three districts of Andhra Pradesh and 8 districts in Odisha are likely to be affected," Shinde told reporters in New Delhi.

5.5 lakh people in Odisha were evacuated in safer places, said Shinde.

Five villages in Khurda inundated by Devi river’s waters, 2 in Ganjam district by sea water and 3 by spillover from Chilika Lake before Phailin hit the coast

4.7 lakh people evacuated from 7 Odisha districts, 2 lakh of them from Ganjam alone

Winds speeding 120km/hr and 150km/hr pummel Puri and Gopalpur

Even before the cyclonic storm made a landfall, Puri and Gopalpur were hit by very high speed winds – 120km per hour in Puri and 150km per hour in Gopalpur.

Waves crash onto the shore at a fishing harbour in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. (Reuters Photo)

Flight operations badly affected in Bhubaneswar and Vishakhapatnam. Almost all airlines cancelled flights operating to the two cities.

Air India said it had cancelled its daily flights to the two cities. The airline said operations will continue to be affected till the situation normalised. It, however, said its Kolkata flights were operating as per schedule.

IndiGo, the largest domestic carrier, said it had cancelled flights from Bhubaneswar and was constantly monitoring the situation.

Jet Airways website said the Bhubaneswar-Bangalore flight had been cancelled while Vishakhapatnam flights to Mumbai and Chennai had operated as per schedule.

Heavy rains in port city of Paradeep, wind speeds of 70kmph reported.

• 700 stranded railway passengers take shelter in Railway Kalyan Mandap in Puri.

• Total shutdown in Bhubaneswar, 150-160km off Gopalpur where the cyclone is set to hit.

• Three died after uprooted trees fell on them, due to heavy rainfall and strong winds.

While a 35-year-old man of Garama village in Jagatsinghpur district died after a tree fell on him amidst gusty winds, a 42-year-old woman also met the same fate.

A man also succumbed to injuries after a tree fell on him at Khalikote area in Ganjam district, police said, adding the deceased was yet to be identified.

Cyclonic winds strike the Gopalpur coast as Cyclone Phailin advances towards Odisha. (PTI Photo)


• Rain and heavy winds lashing coastal Odisha. Wind picking up speed. Weather condition has deteriorated all over Odisha.

• Gopalpur in Ganjam, is expected to bear the extreme brunt of the cyclone, at about 5.30pm. Ganjam would be most vulnerable to the landfall while six other districts Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda and Balasore would also be severely affected.

• Wind speed in Gopalpur is consistently increasing and has currently hit 150kmph. Windspeed in Berhampur, a sub-division of Ganjam district and only 70km away from Gopalpur, too has reached around 150kmph.

• Complete power shut down in seven districts, including Bhubaneswar.

• In Jagatsinghpur district, the cyclone shelters have been crowded as hordes of people have spontaneously reached there.

• Most labourers working in Paradip Port have left town with the authorities closing all shipping operations. “I wanted to go back but I have no money. I do not know what to do,” Dinga Ram, a labourer from Jharkhand said.

• 18 fishermen rescued by the Indian Coast Guard. They had gone to sea two days ago and were 'stranded' off Astaranga in Puri district. Officials had been trying to communicate with them.

• A woman died in Barmunda, Bhubaneswar after tree falls on her during rains. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/10/phailinsatellite.jpg

• All 28 trains running over East Coast Railway canceled. All trains between Andhra and Odisha also canceled. 13 other long distance trains were diverted while another five trains were short-terminated. Read more

• All 18 flights, coming to and going from, Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik Airport cancelled.


• All petrol pumps shut in seven Odisha districts expected to bear the brunt of Phailin.

• Power supply in Bhubaneswar erratic; people stock up food and are buying candles, torches.

• 500 trees uprooted around Paradip port in Jagatsinghpur district, say govt officials. "Cleaning operation has begun to clear roads for smooth passage of relief materials," Jagatsinghpur collector SK Mallick said.

• Allegations of food not being available in cyclone shelters set up in Ganjam district, which is most vulnerable to the cyclone.

• In Ganjam people were reluctant to move from their houses. “We will get over the storm,” said Seetha Reddy, a fisherwoman in Gopalpur who was reluctant to leave her 'kutcha' house but was forced by the police to shift to a shelter.

“We have already evacuated more than 3.71 lakh people from affected districts. All the people in villages coming under five kilometres area of sea shore have been evacuated. We have even used police force to evacuate people in Gopalpur,” Odisha revenue minister SN Patro said.

• The countdown for the cyclone began with most of Odisha recording incessant rainfall from mid-night even as Odisha government evacuated about 3 lakh people from low lying areas of seven districts to be affected by it.

Read: Cyclone Phailin lashes Odisha with wind speeds of over 200 kmph

(With PTI inputs)

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