Super Cyclone Phailin has finally left coastal India. The sea shores of Odisha sighed in relief after being petrified in fear for more than 48 hours. All the coastal regions of India were evacuated by the government armies to save the inhabitants. After prevailing for more than 48 hours, it has started to lessen its power; so, the coastal regions will experience a heavy downpour now. Though the Cyclone didn’t take a heavy toll on human life, it has uprooted many trees and destroyed a number of buildings and harvest fields which are under water for now. The localities have been turned into dark cities without electricity. All connections with storm-affected areas have been torn apart.
The weather forecast had reported that a newly discovered cyclone, named Phailin, would attack the east and south coasts of India. The speed was slated to be 240 KM per hour. The cyclone was first discovered by Thailand experts soon the storm started to gain power and entered the Indian Ocean through the Pacific Ocean. After entering into India it roared through the coastal regions and hit Gopalpur, a city of Odisha. Its power was 200 KM per hour by then.
On the second day of the cyclone, over a dozen fishermen were stuck on a trawler in Odisha. They had previously been informed that the cyclone was on its way, and yet they ventured out anyway. As the storm weakened a vast relief operation got under way in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, where officials say up to one million were displaced. The weakened Phailin started to eventually leave coastal India. Some fishermen returned on Monday with their trawlers.
As the storm affected the coasts, a number of Indian cities experienced downpours with stormy winds that uprooted many trees. The coastal area was powerless soon after the attack. Some of the most strongly affected districts like Odisha, Andhrs Pradesh and parts of West Bengal are still struggling to lead a normal life. West Bengal situated just beside Odisha suffered a heavy downpour in the previous 24 hours. The evacuees are striving to lead lives inside the camps, which are overcrowded and low on supplies.
The Indian Government had taken massive step to save the inhabitants. Travelers who were enjoying the short trip to Odisha were sent back to their cities by Eastern Railway. The Air Force was ready with food and helicopters. Army men administered much aid amid the danger zones. Still, it’s feared that at least 7 people have died from being electrocuted.
Still, some holidayers are trapped in Odisha and are now starving without food. The Government had taken measures but that wasn’t enough. The people inside the refugee camps have claimed the negligence of leaders.
It’s much relief to India that Super Cyclone Phailin has finally started to lessen its power. The evacuees are being kept in shelters, fearing the cyclone’s return. Some villagers started to return home despite the agony and anguish. The flattened homes are showing the marks of destruction. According to the weather forecast, the cyclone is unable to cause further damage. Though they didn’t officially declared its departure, optimists are hopeful it will not return. The pernicious Phailin has finally left coastal India.
Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul