Disaster Preparedness Measures Save Lives as TC Phailin Hits Eastern India
October 14, 2013
PDC Global Hazards Atlas illustrates Tropical Cyclone Phailin on Saturday, October 12 as it nears the eastern coastlines of India displaying TAOS estimated wind impacts.
Tropical Cyclone Phailin, the most powerful storm to strike India in 14 years, made landfall along the eastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) on Saturday, October 12. As Phailin reached India’s eastern coastline, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), as reported by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), categorized the cyclone as ‘very severe,’ with winds over 125 mph, and a recorded storm surge of 3 to 3.5 meters.
In anticipation for Phailin, Indian authorities implemented various disaster preparedness measures. Early warnings were issued five days before the cyclone’s arrival, emergency response teams, equipment, and food supplies were pre-positioned, and nearly one million people in the storm’s path were evacuated, which ultimately spared countless lives. So far, several cyclone deaths have been reported, but the full scale and impact of Phailin is still being assessed.
During Tropical Cyclone Phailin, PDC provided decision support and situational awareness products, like the estimate of wind impacts model above.
For more information on Tropical Cyclone Phailin:
• View information from the Indian Meteorological Department,
• Read an overview in Relief Web,
• Visit the Thomson Reuters Foundation site for more articles, and
• Find out how the Red Cross is providing assistance.
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