- What is a super cyclone? How can it be tamed?Yahoo India News-Fri 11 Oct, 2013
Authorities say that the super cyclone is a major risk to life and is likely to cause extensive damage once it hits land.
- Cyclone energy? Equal to 100 H-bombsYahoo India News-Fri 11 Oct, 2013
The wind speed during a severe storm may be as high as 300 kmph.
- 20 disaster relief men to be honoured with PM's MedalIANS-Thu 6 Mar, 2014
New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) Twenty personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been awarded the Prime Minister's Medal for their exemplary rescue work in natural disasters, including during the floods in Uttarakhand last year. "The nation faced numerous natural disasters in 2013 such as cloudburst in Uttarakhand, floods in Assam, cyclonic storm Phailin in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. NDRF personnel saved lives of a large number of people in these calamities," the group said in a statement Thursday.
- Odisha BJP seeks white paper on cyclone PhailinIANS-Tue 21 Jan, 2014
Bhubaneswar, Jan 21 (IANS) The Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday demanded a white paper on the damage caused by cyclone Phailin and subsequent floods in the state and the relief and restoration efforts carried out by the state government. Senior BJP leader Manmohan Samal said here the state government was yet to provide compensation to all those affected by the calamities. Accusing the government of not initiating any inquiry into the misappropriation of relief materials, reported at several places, Samal said: "The government must publish a white paper on all these matters".
- Mukherjee to inaugurate Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research and Training CentreANI-Sun 12 Jan, 2014
Port Blair, Jan.12 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the Andaman and Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Centre here on Sunday. He also addressed a civic reception hosted by the Port Blair Municipal Council.
- New phone alerts for extreme weather could help prevent casualties in IndiaANI-Wed 8 Jan, 2014
Washington, Jan. 8 (ANI): Computer science undergraduates have developed image based mobile phone alerts, connected to the Weather Research and Forecasting system, which could help prevent casualties in India. India has a mobile phone subscriber base exceeding 929 million people and this is expected to touch 1.15 billion by the end of 2014. He said that the easy-to-use Weather Research and Forecasting model remains confined to an elite group of users, such as atmospheric scientists and weather forecasters. Ghosh added that their research explores how the WRF forecast can be interfaced with mobile telephony which has a deep penetration even in rural pockets of India.
- Odisha fishermen to get voice alerts on mobilesIANS-Fri 3 Jan, 2014
Bhubaneswar, Jan 3 (IANS) At least 100,000 fishermen in Odisha will start getting free voice alerts in Odia related to weather, tsunamis and cyclones on their mobiles within a fortnight, officials said Friday. The state government has signed a pact with IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) Thursday to provide the service, Bishnupada Sethi, fishery and animal husbandry department secretary, told IANS. IKSL is a joint venture promoted by state-run Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), Bharti Airtel, and Star Global Resources Ltd.. Out of 12 lakh state fishermen, both in costal and interior areas, one lakh fishermen will initially be provided a free SIM card, Sethi said. The farmers will receive 4-5 free voice messages daily in Odia, the state's official language, he added.
- Why Is Hari Chasing A Lizard In The Andamans?Thu 2 Jan, 2014
Endless rain. Loneliness. Years of agonizingly slow research. Bouts of malaria. Despite it all, a community of scientists in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are working to chart the smallest animal and the most obscure plant - the building blocks of the universe.
- The man who transformed OdishaIndia Today-Mon 23 Dec, 2013
Winds of 220-250 kmph lashed the state's coast this October, but the damage was minimised through Mission Zero Casualty, which included the evacuation of 983,642 people in 36 hours. In comparison with the 1999 cyclone in which 12,642 people had died, the number of deaths was down to 21.
- Odisha bags award for cyclone Phailin evacuation effortsIANS-Mon 9 Dec, 2013
Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 (IANS) Odisha has bagged a prestigious award for evacuating more than a million people which ensured minimum loss of lives during cyclone Phailin in the state, an official said here Monday. The Indian Institute of Management, Raipur has conferred the International Conference on Humanitarian Logistics 2013 award to the state-run Odisha State Disaster Management Authority for excellence in humanitarian action. The state government established Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, conducted community capacity building interventions at the sub-district levels and mock drills in the multipurpose cyclone shelters. The very severe tropical cyclone Phailin in the Bay of Bengal made landfall Oct 12 night near Gopalpur in Ganjam district.