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Cyclone Phailin: Rescue and relief operations underway

Oct 17, 2013
13:42 (IST)
State - Odisha
Abstract of Status Report on Cyclone "PHAILIN" followed by Flood
[As on Dt.17/10/2013] : 10.00 AM
Sl.Name of the districtsBlocks Affected (Nos.)GPs Affected (Nos.)Villages  Affected (Nos.)ULB Affected (Nos.)Population Affected (Nos.) due to flood & cycloneHuman Casulaty due to cycloneHuman Casulaty due to floodCrop area affected (in hect.)Person evacuated due to cyclonePerson evacuated due to floodCattle evacuated  Houses Damaged
1Angul8 589  11    2829
2Balasore111251725434877835678004185126842 2771
3Bhadrak6521791145000114397448202 5040 
4Bolangir5  1 1 35000   119
5Cuttack  800 1553722  19950114306 722510174
6Gajapati712915282480300  2114036960 2515000
7Ganjam22475281218150200010 216100180000 4221230000
8Jagatsinghpur8186123029000001 12650101457 90284883
9Jajpur1028018132630000  1412891131690010883843
10Kandhamal1045124113310 130213310  6210
11Kendrapara9230159221445891 11383559550 973 
12Keonjhar13 263 65123 13253011825  12569
13Khurda10151355222347061149359185291 258642131
14Koraput2 19     3860   
15Mayurbhanj11687372342260 552000 37341  
16Nayagarh818015822984000  3434031565 5624808
17Puri112301769417509753155160102000 82063715
*Casualty of large animal - 1487, small animal - 2906 and birds - 170970, Carcass disposal completed            
*5.7 tons of dry food air dropped            
Oct 15, 2013
18:26 (IST)
Update on relief operations:

1.2 crore people in 16,000 villages affected
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik does aerial survey of affected districts
Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj districts affected
Over 75,000 people still marooned in Balasore and Jajpur districts
Standing crops in over six lakh hectares destroyed
Over three lakh houses damaged due to floods and cyclone
Over 11 lakh evacuated in all
Water level receding in Budhabalang in Balasore
Food packets are being air-dropped
Relief to be sent by boats to flood-hit areas

Oct 15, 2013
18:16 (IST)
National Disaster Response Force on rescue operations:

  • NDRF teams have cleared 1096 kms of road by removing 937 fallen trees. Around 45electric poles also cleared.
  • Most of the important roads opened and made motorable 
  • Total 83 persons were rescued from Kavitri mandal, Ganjam and Jagatsinghpur
  • Total 1015 persons were rescued from district Balasore, Odisha
  • Total 49 persons evacuated  and shifted to safer places from villages- Alipur and Patharagara in district Ganjam
  • Total 230 persons were rescued from district Mayurbhanj in Odisha
  • Total 20 persons were rescued from district Keonjhar in Odisha
  • Total 5 persons were rescued from district Jajpur, Odisha
  • Total 120 persons rescued from Raghunathpur and Banki area of district Cuttack
  • 14 Quintal relief material distributed in district Balasore and Ganjam
  • NDRF teams distributed food packets to 400 persons at Behram, district Ganjam

    Bihar and Jharkhand:
  • 4 NDRF teams are prepositioned  at Supaul, Sitamarhi ,Darbhanga and Gopalganj in connection with prevailing flood like situation
  • 2  NDRF teams are prepositioned at Jamsedpur and Dhanbad
  • 2 Teams of NDRF are prepositioned at Bhara/Nariyal/ collectriate Ghat, Patna and Purnia
  • 2  NDRF teams are being kept as reserve at Supaul.

Oct 15, 2013
18:04 (IST)
Prime Minister's Statement on Cyclone Phailin
The Prime Minister reviewed the impact of Cyclone Phailin and the damage caused by it in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and other areas.
The Prime Minister is relieved to learn that, even though Cyclone Phailin was a very severe cyclonic storm, the loss of life has been contained to a very large extent because of the preventive measures taken in advance.  However, the Prime Minister noted with distress the extensive damage to property, crops and livestock that has resulted from the cyclone.  The Prime Minister expressed his sympathies for those who have lost their near and dear ones or have lost their houses, crops or livestock.
The Prime Minister complimented the efforts of the state authorities, district and police administration in all the affected districts, relief workers at the state and district levels, the officers and staff of the National Disaster Management Authority, the National Disaster Relief Force and the Indian Meteorological Department, for the preventive measures they took which resulted in containing the effects of the cyclone on human life.
The Prime Minister announced an ex-gratia assistance of Rs.2,00,000 to the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs.50,000 to those seriously injured in the cyclone, from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

Oct 15, 2013
17:15 (IST)

Villagers protest on road from Bhubaneswar to Bhanjanagar demanding relief. Roads have been blocked with tree trunks. A sub divisional collector was also present.

Oct 14, 2013
22:48 (IST)
Cyclone Phailin shifts to Jharkhand, to weaken to a low pressure
After leaving a trail of destructions and keeping the state administration on its toes for over a week, the cyclone Phailin has finally left Odisha and shifted to neighbouring Jharkhand as a depression, Met office sources said.
Oct 14, 2013
22:06 (IST)
Over two lakh marooned due to floods in Odisha, situation 'critical'
Heavy rains in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, which struck the Odisha coast over the weekend and has since dissipated, has triggered massive floods in several districts in the state. Over 2.5 lakh people have been marooned in Balasore, which along with Mayurbhanj, are the worst-hit.
Oct 14, 2013
18:55 (IST)
  • 10,000 people stranded in floods in Ganjam in Odisha
  • Three villages completely cut off
  • Rivers Baramadi and Nohrakhandi are in spate, water receding slowly
  • Local MLA P Swain says Army and Air Force need to be called in
Oct 14, 2013
17:55 (IST)
Cyclone Phailin forces Railways to cancel, reschedule trains
The South Eastern Railway today cancelled the Howrah-Puri Weekly Express, and rescheduled or diverted some other train services following the cyclonic storm Phailin which threw train traffic out of gear since Saturday.
Oct 14, 2013
16:44 (IST)
A part of National Highway between Kolkata and Chennai has been blocked by villagers after several villages on this route were submerged due to Cyclone Phailin and also water being released from a nearby dam.
Oct 14, 2013
14:42 (IST)
Jaipal Reddy, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences:
  • The severe cyclone was predicted exactly, the track, the intensity were predicted exactly. These predictions warn people.
  • The 16-17 people who died were caught in post cyclone accidents, they didn't die during the cyclone. 
  • Nearly a million people were evacuated. Mostly in Odisha.
  • In terms of the numbers involved in the evacuations, this is a world record. ‚ÄéThis is because we made strategic investments in our Met dept. Though it was only 750 cr.
  • The ability of our Met department to accurately predict even rains has improved. It's a blessing for farmers. 
  • Our nation can congratulate itself. No other South Asian country has the kind of equipment we do. If we make more investments, we can be equal to the best in the world. 
  • I'd like to congratulate the staff, thank the Home Ministry. The state administrations did a very good job too

Oct 14, 2013
13:59 (IST)
Update on transportation services:
  • Khudra road, Berhampur, Palasa, Srikakulam, and Visakhapatnam routes opened for traffic
  • Train services to south India and Mumbai from Bhubaneswar fully restored

Oct 14, 2013
13:51 (IST)
Cyclone Phailin leaves a trail of destruction

An unprecedented and timely evacuation drive, said to be biggest ever in India, ensured minimum casualties as Cyclone Phailin slammed into coastal Odisha.

Oct 14, 2013
12:46 (IST)
Odisha Flood Relief Updates
  • People stranded near Chandipur in Odisha
  • 15,000 food packets to be dropped
  •  4 Mi-17 helicopters pressed into service for flood relief
Oct 14, 2013
12:10 (IST)
The Deep Depression over Jharkhand and adjoining areas of north Chhattisgarh and Odisha moved slightly north-northeastwards and weakened into a depression. The system will move north-northeastwards and weaken gradually into a well marked low pressure area by today evening: IMD
Oct 14, 2013
09:21 (IST)

One column of army engineers deployed at 11 PM yesterday night for flood relief 100 west of Ganja. Rivers like Mahanadi and Subernarekha are in spate. 

Oct 14, 2013
08:31 (IST)

Time of issue: 0230 hours IST Dated: 14-10-2013

Bulletin No.: BOB 04/2013/42

Subject: Cyclonic Storm 'PHAILIN' remained as deep depression over north Chhattisgarh and
adjoining Jharkhand.

The cyclonic storm, PHAILIN remained as deep depression over north Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of Odisha & Jharkhand and moved northwards with a speed of 16 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 2330 hours IST of 13 th October 2013 over Jharkhand and adjoining north Chhattisgarh near latitude 23.5 0 N and longitude 83.8 0 E, 70 km north-east of Ambikapur & 60 km southeast of Daltonganj. The system would move north-northeastwards during next 6-12 hours and weaken gradually into a depression.

Estimated track and intensity of the system are given in the Table below:

Date/Time (IST)           Position                Sustained maximum surface             Category
                              (Lat. 0 N/ Long. 0 E)       wind speed (kmph)

13-10-2013/2330         23.5/83.8           40-50 gusting to 60                     Deep Depression
14-10-2013/0530         24.0/84.3           35-45 gusting to 55                     Depression
14-10-2013/1130         24.7/84.6           25-35 gusting to 45      Well Marked Low Pressure Area

Warning for Jharkhand, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim

Heavy rainfall: Rainfall at many places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would occur over Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim during next 36 hours and in Jharkhand during next 24 hours.

Rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls would occur over north Chhattisgarh and interior Odisha during next 12 hrs.

Squally wind: Squally wind speed of 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail around system centre during next 6 hours and would gradually decrease thereafter.
Oct 14, 2013
07:54 (IST)
Cyclone Phailin moves inland, flood threats in Chhattisgarh, Bihar
With Cyclone Phailin moving further inland, there is flood threat in Mayurbhanj and Baripada districts of Odisha and neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.
Oct 13, 2013
23:46 (IST)
Cyclone Phailin kills 23, mass evacuations save thousands
An unprecedented evacuation drive, said to be the country's biggest ever, ensured minimum casualties as Cyclone Phailin slammed into coastal Odisha on Saturday. 23 people, including 2 in neighbouring Andhra, have died in the aftermath of the "very severe" storm, which has since weakened.
Oct 13, 2013
22:34 (IST)
Cyclone Phailin: Kaviti, one of the worst hit in Andhra Pradesh
Though Andhra Pradesh suffered one cyclone related death, the destruction has been immense. For Saralamma, a widow and mother of two, life has almost come to a standstill with her house collapsing due to the strong winds.
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