Andhra Pradesh has been warned about being hit by cyclone Helen tomorrow afternoon and are currently undergoing sufficient steps to limit destruction and disorder to their lives. It’s timing could not been more undesirable as the state is still assessing the total damage from cyclone Phailin that hit in October.
Cyclones are an area of closed, circular fluid motions that rotate in the same direction as the Earth. This is usually characterized by “inward spiraling winds that rotate anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth”.
Cyclone Phailin brought with it extreme downpours which resulted in a large amount of damage to crops and property. The storm flattened thousands of homes and destroyed power lines, however deaths were minimized after the biggest evacuation the country has ever seen as 1 million fleed from their homes. The state seek to prevent as much damage as possible for a second time.
A massive evacuation has taken place for the people who live in areas where the cyclone has been assessed to strike and moved to relief camps. Andhra Pradesh is home to around 350 shelters and all will be used to lodge people who are victim to the cyclone.
The National Disaster Management Authority has asked the government to prepare in order to prevent any casualties. Coastline areas are expected to receive the most damages. Authorities have raised warning signals at every port along the Andhra Pradesh coast and all fishermen have been advised away from the sea until the cyclone has completely passed as sea conditions will be extremely rough.
The National Disaster Management Authority has also sent out six teams to Andhra Pradesh. There has been a control room delegated in Hyderabad in order to monitor the situation and keep a close eye on the upcoming events.
Although the cyclone has been predicted to be minor in comparison with cyclone Phailin, Andhra Pradesh desire to keep turmoil down to the minimum in these circumstances. With early evacuation and beforehand predictions of the cyclone’s progression, Andhra Pradesh hopes their next steps will be enough to prepare for tomorrow’s cyclone.
Fire services have also been employed to assist police and other departments in the hope that destruction to homes can also be kept limited. The storm is anticipated to surge at about 1.5 meters with gusts of wind reaching 100-110 kilometers per hour. The cyclone is also set to increase rainfall activity over the south peninsular.
The majority of damage for the storm is envisaged to effect thatched roofs, huts and power lines. As long as the state can maintain zero casualties they believe they can attempt to uphold a sense of calm. Andhra Pradesh are carrying out the steps through counsel in order to best prepare for tomorrow’s cyclone Helen. Natural disasters are distinguished by their capabilities of destruction. As long as investigators are right that this cyclone will not be anywhere near as catastrophic as cyclone Phailin, Andhra Pradesh should be able to conquer the outcomes of the storm. Unlike recent natural disasters like that of the Philippines, it is nice to see that some natural disasters can be slightly controlled by man to limit devastation.
By Melissa McDonald