The most intense cyclonic storm to make landfall in India since the infamous 1999 Odhisha cyclone, Phailin was dubbed as a 'super storm'. It is a Rs 1,497-crore project. We believe information is a powerful driver for the new tomorrow. It began as a tropical depression in the Andaman sea in October 1999 and it grew in strength as it moved West-Norhtwestard. A total of 61 people lost their lives in Andhra Pradesh in the cyclone. The intensity of cyclone Phailin, measured by wind speed, storm surge and rainfall, was also different—the super cyclone being far more intense on all counts. In the aftermath of Phailin, Andhra Pradesh has set up its National Disaster Management Force, a recommendation that had been lying with the state government for many years Apple iPhone 12 Pro Preorders On Apple India Online Store: Up To Rs 34,000 For Your Old Phone, Mirzapur 2 Review: Pankaj Tripathi's 'Kaaleen Bhaiyya' Finds a Worthy Opponent in Ali Fazal's 'Guddu', Apple iPhone 12 Preorders On Apple India Online Store: Trade In Your Old Phone For Up To Rs 22,000 Off, RRR Teaser: Jr NTR is Intense as Bheem, Will Leave You Excited for the Movie, Bella, Jao: Pakistan Has Its Own 'Money Heist' But Nobody Wants to See it, Happy Birthday Prabhas: Here Are Five Career-Best Performances of Rebel Star, This Picture of Nick Jonas Smooching Wife Priyanka is Breaking the Internet. We believe strongly that we can and must do things differently. However, improvements in weather forecasting and disaster preparedness, after lessons learnt from 1999… The super cyclone devastated vast stretches of the state and so do did Phailin. It originated from a low pressure system caused by upper-air cyclonic circulation in the Andaman sea. This wind-speed, he says, is slightly higher than the 1999 Super Cyclone which hit Odisha. It reached super cyclonic storm intensity, with wind speeds reaching up to 260 kmph a day before it made landfall in Odisha. Septuagenarian fisherman M Naryana, who was found huddling at the Gara cyclone shelter, said Phailin was stronger than the 1999 cyclone. Bay of Bengal and the Odisha coastline is no stranger to severe category cyclonic storms though. The high speed winds have caused damage to kuchha houses, trees and electricity poles have been uprooted, officials said. The cyclone first passed through Andaman islands gaining intensity and before it made landfall in Andhra, nine districts were already on high alert. But there is a big difference between what happened then and now—over 10,000 people were killed in Odisha in October 1999, while Phailin's toll was less than 30. Phailin's made the landfall three hours after the predicted time. Hudhud triggered avalanches in Nepal and the region underwent a snowstorm disaster that lead to the deaths of at least 43 people. © Copyright Down To Earth 2020. Andhra is getting Rs 770 crore to improve disaster management, while Odisha's share is Rs 640 crore. The storm made landfall near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, with wind speeds reaching up to 185 kmph. Formed as a tropical depression in October 2013 in the Gulf of Thailand, Phailin moved westward, crossed the Andaman sea and proceeded West-Northwest. This time, NDMA managed the channel of communication from the Central government level to the district level," says Reddy.
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