The best news about cyclone Phailin’s landfall at Gopalpur was that instead of the much-feared wind speed of more than 300 kmph, it hit with a wind speed 210 kmph. But the weatherman is still holding his breath. The wind speed might yet increase. Ipsit Mohapatra & KV Lakshmana report.
Cyclonic storm Phailin is gaining strength and moving towards the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh coast. The government has deployed the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and started mock drills in the affected districts.
Puri residents are sure their town would be spared the fury of Cyclone Phailin when it is feared to make a landfall on Saturday. Other areas in coastal Odisha, however, have no such hope even as they continuously pray to Durga. Priya Ranjan Sahu and KV Lakshmana report.
Heavy rains and strong winds lashed India's east coast on Saturday, forcing more than 440,000 people to flee to storm shelters as one of the country's largest cyclones closed in, threatening to cut a wide swathe of devastation through farmland and fishing hamlets. Filling most of the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Phailin was expected to hit the Odisha coast in Gopalpur. HT reports. Cyclone Phailin: all you need to know
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Life in Andhra Pradesh started returning to normal after Cyclone Phailin made landfall on Saturday evening. The wind speed came down considerably, and rainfall ceased to be a threat as well. No loss of life has been reported from the state so far.
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.
On Saturday morning, the signs of an impending disaster were starkly visible across Odisha. Deserted pandals and an eerie silence pervading the lanes of Cuttack, famous for its unique Durga Puja celebrations, bear testimony to the fear of a monstrous cyclone lashing Odisha.
Phailin, a fierce cyclone bearing down towards India’s eastern coast, will be very severe for the first six hours after it makes a landfall between 6-8 pm in Odisha’s Gopalpur on Saturday, said the Met department.
People along the north coastal area of Andhra Pradesh invoke the sea goddess to help them tide over the montostrous cyclone that's hurtling towards the state.
As many as 52,000 locals were on Saturday evacuated and 25,000 people accommodated in cyclone shelters in Srikakulam district, in view of Cyclone Phailin which is expected to make landfall by Saturday evening.
President Pranab Mukherjee, who is at his ancestral home in West Bengal for Durga Puja, has cut short his visit and will return to Delhi on Saturday in view of Cyclone 'Phailin' that is set to hit Odisha coast.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today said the primary aim was to minimise loss of human lives caused by Cyclone Phailin and around nine lakh people were successfully evacuated.
"All equipment at the missile launch stations in Chandipur and Wheeler Island are safe. Our scientists and personnel are also safe," said an official at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that manages these sites. Rahul Singh reports.
Restoring power supplies and telecommunication links emerged as a bigger challenge in cyclone-hit Odisha on Sunday, even as the severe tropical storm turned out to be much less devastating than feared.
Eighteen 18 fishermen, who were trapped in a trawler near Paradip ahead of Cyclone Phailin, have returned safely on Sunday.