Origin of name: Cyclone Phailin, a thai name meaning Sapphire pronounced as Pi Lin.
Expected Time of Landfall: This superstorm is expected to strike Indian coast between 6.00 to 08.00 PM IST.
Expected Wind Speed: Around 200 to 220 Kmph at the time of Land fall. Gusting speed upto 245KMPH.
Average Speed of advance of storm : 20 Kms per hour.
Storm category : CAT 4, Close to supercyclone. As per IMD – Indian Meterological Department.
Cyclone impact regions: It is expected to strike Gopalpur in Orissa state, India. The super cyclone may have an impact in the states of Odisha, Andra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. However the landfall expected in the states of Andrapradesh and Odisha. Moderate to heavy rainfall in other states. Chattisgarh and Kharkhand may receive heavy rainfall.
Preparations taken up:
a) 24 *7 Control room is established by the government .
b) adequate measures is taken care for providing food grains, water and other basic necessities in the set up relief camps.
c) More than 4,40,000 people have been evacuated by around 1.30 PM IST. (Source NDMA – National Disaster Management Authority) who were residing in the low lying coastal areas.
d) 23 teams of NDMA Personnel dispatched to Odisha , 11 teams to Andra Pradesh and few other teams kept on reserve. Total of 50 NDRF Teams deployed in Andra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. NDRF Teams equipped with satellite phones and wireless sets. NDRF Control team in Delhi to monitor round the clock.
e) Indian Air Force and Military put on high alert to assist rescue and relief operation. The IAF has already dispatched, 2 Navy warships in stand by. 4 naval ships ready to be pressed into action along eastern coast . Eastern Naval Command on Stand by to assist relief operations. 6 Naval helicopters on stand by. Two C 130 J Super Hercules Airforce aircraft put on stand by to assist relief operations. Total of 10 helicopters positioned in Barackpur.
Other Details: 6 Hours it is expected to remain as severe cyclonic storm then for the next 12 hours its expected to turn into depression.
This information is accurate as on 4.40 PM IST. 12TH October 2013. More information shall be updated as on the arrival of the latest news.