Phailin in the Bay of Bengal
“Filling most of the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Phailin was about 300km offshore on Saturday morning and was expected to reach land by nightfall. Heavy rain, strong winds and large waves are lashing the coast as Cyclone Phailin sweeps through heading inland through the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
Cyclone Phailin at a glance
- The “super cyclone” is classified as Category 5
- Satellite images show it to be half the size of India
- Storm heading towards Orissa and Andhra Pradesh
- US navy says winds at sea gusting at 314kph
- More than 500,000 people have already been evacuated
- A similar storm in India killed 10,000 people 14 years ago
- Some forecasters have likened the storm to Hurricane Katrina
Dr S.P Agarwal, from India’s Red Cross, said they are making preparations to be help those people affected.
“We expect heavy rains and of course storm surges as high as three metres and of course the saline water coming inland,” Dr Agarwal said.
“We are ready with our water sanitation units and we are keeping a close watch so that there is no loss of human life.”
Satellite images show the storm to be about half the size of India, and meteorologists are forecasting winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour and a 3.4-metre surge in sea levels.
The US navy’s weather service reported winds at sea were gusting at 314kph.
London-based storm tracking service Tropical Storm Risk described Cyclone Phailin as a Category 5 storm – the strongest rating on the 1-5 scale.”
Spare a thought for the families affected. Here’s hoping the Indian government coordinated resources and supports the people better than the US did for Katrina’s. As at Sunday midday AEST there were first reports of deaths.