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The name Phailin, (pronounced pie-leen) means sapphire in Thai was given by Thailand since the depression first originated in the Gulf of Thailand. Cyclone Phailin is a violent tropical cyclone currently threatening the eastern coast of India esp. Odisha, which has originated from an area of low pressure over the Andaman Sea in early October 2013. It’s the second storm of the season which is now forecasted to intensify further & make landfall landfall over north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts at peak strength on 12th night & is likely to hit ports of Paradip and Gopalpur.

Storms are created when a center of low pressure develops with a system of high pressure surrounding it. There are many varieties and names for storms – Blizzard, Gale storm, Thunder storm, Tropical cyclone, Hurricane, Hailstorm, Wind storm, Ice storm, Snow storm, Tornado/Twister, Tsunami etc.

Cyclone Phaillin is the last of the first set of 32 names suggested by Asian countries since 2004. The previous cyclone to hit the Indian sub-continent was Mahasen (named by sri Lanka afrer its King), which made landfall in Bangladesh on May 17, 2013. The next cyclone hitting the Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal will be named Helen. This name has been suggested by Bangladesh. The cyclone before Mahasen was Nilam, which hit Mahabalipuram near Chennai on October 31, 2012.

The Specialized Meteorological Centre, Delhi, gives names to tropical cyclones for identification, from a list of 64 names suggested by Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The identification system covers both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. These lists are used sequentially and they are not rotated every few years since such storms causes so much death and destruction that its name is retired and not used repeatedly to avoid fear among people. The fundamental criteria for suggesting a name by country is that the name should be short and readily understood when broadcast. Further, the names must not be culturally sensitive and should not convey some unintended and potentially inflammatory meaning.

Let’s remember that the 1999 Odisha cyclone, also known as Cyclone 05B, and Paradeep cyclone, was the deadliest tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean since the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone, and deadliest Indian storm since 1971. The Category Five storm made landfall just weeks after a category 4 storm hit the same general area. Unlike previous super cyclone, this year the Odisha government has made elaborate arrangements & preventive measures have been initiated to minimize the aftermath of the cyclone on people’s life It has issued a high alert to the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Gajapati. Dusshera holidays of employees of all 30 districts of the state have been cancelled & have been asked to ensure safety of people.

The Odisha government has mounted a massive operation to evacuate two lakh people from six coastal districts. Nearly a lakh of people have already been evacuated from Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts.

Paradip Port, one of the 12 major ports in the country, has shut all cargo operations, plants and machinery and put in place a contingency plan to meet any eventuality due to Cyclone Phailin. Paradip Port serves the eastern and central parts of the country and its hinterland extends to Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. (src NDTV)

Food and relief materials have been stocked-up at storm shelters across the state. Central Govt & Defence Ministry have extended support from defence personnel, particularly the Air Force and Navy, for rescue and relief operations. Let’s face the natural wrath bravely. Jai Jagannath. [quote]Article SRC :- Taranisen Pattnaik[/quote]

The cyclone has already started off at Paradeep & in BBSR there’s heavy rainfall added with heavy wind blowing since 11th Oct evening. God only can save us & lets pray for all of our safety.


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