Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fani, the largest cyclonic storm over past years with 200 kmph lashed into Odisha on last day, and how a poor lower level coastal area, fight to save lives is a perfect model to follow. Two days prior to the cyclonic storm about to hit into the state with heavy gush of wind with 200 kmph, the government alerted people using all facilities they occupied with.
43,000 volunteers, 1000 emergency workers, 2.6million text messages, television commercials, Police address systems, coastal sirens, buses, police officers, the messages in local languages set to warn people over cyclonic storm Fani. People are alerted over impending disastrous cyclone and asked to shift in to nearby shelters.
The cyclone havocked over the state with all its strength, yet the tragedy that would have been bigger, is left to be with three deaths and minor causalities.
Indian Meteorological Department forecasted the heavy depression formed in Bay of Bengal and that would intensify in to cyclonic storm heading towards Odisha. The early warning and proper alignments done by the government is now left to be paved way for a victory over bigger havoc.
11.5 lakhs people were moved to rescue shelters that too in fast a manner. In Odisha, the government is focused on saving life” there should not be any loss of life’’, said Bishnupada Sethi, State’s Special Relief Commissioner. Sethi says all that have done to save life and its resulted success was the outcome of over 20 years’ constant efforts.
Since the 1990 catastrophe which claimed thousands of lives, the government all set to construct cyclonic shelters across the vulnerable areas nearby coastal region. The rescue shelters set up in the state proved most worthy in defending powerful cyclone.