By L S Rathore and M Mohapatra
The authors are Director General, IMD, and Scientist E and Head (RSMC), IMD, New Delhi respectively. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyclone Phailin crossed into Odisha and adjoining northern Andhra Pradesh near Gopalpur on October 12, 2013. India Meteorological Department (IMD) accurately predicted the genesis, intensity, track and point and time of landfall well in advance. As a result, the loss of human lives due to the cyclone was reduced to just 22 persons.
Cyclone Phailin crossed into Odisha and adjoining northern Andhra Pradesh near Gopalpur around 1700 UTC on October 12, 2013 with a maximum sustained wind speed of 215 kmph. Consequently 22 human lives were lost. This was in sharp contrast to 10,000 lives being lost in the October 29, 1999 Odisha Super Cyclone. Hence, a study was undertaken to analyse the early warning system used for tackling Phailin with the intention of improving disaster management during impending future natural disasters. India...