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Phailin – Why are the Indian Government figures still low?

Phailin – Why are the Indian Government figures still low?

Phailin has grown at one of the fastest rates every recorded, going from a tropical storm to a Category 4 cyclone in only 24 hours.  Yesterday, Friday Oct 11, 2013, it became the equivalent of a Category 5 cyclone with sustained wind speeds of 260 Kmph. This brings it at par with the super cyclone that hit the Odisha coast in 1999.   Projected Phailin tracks overlaid on Google Earth. Download KML file – Original. Atmospheric scientists believe that a catastrophic storm surge…

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Is Odisha ready for Phailin?

Is Odisha ready for Phailin?

The Odisha state Government seems to be doing much better than in 1999 which left more than 10,000 dead across the coastal areas of the state and an estimated USD 4.5 Billion in damages. People from low lying areas are being evacuated. Essentials stockpiled in schools and other buildings on higher ground. The disaster recovery folks seem to be doing their job but how good are their plans and the execution? Only time will tell of course but Indian Governments…

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Phailin Update

Phailin Update

Phailin has been upgraded to Super Cyclone.  At 1200 UTC, 11 October 2013, PHAILIN (IO02) was located in the Bay of Bengal basin at 16.7°N and 87.7°E. The current intensity was 140 kt and the center was moving at 7 kt at a bearing of 305 degrees. The minimum central pressure was 918 mb. Visible light satellite image Late Cycle Track Guidance Late Cycle Intensity Guidance          Animated images

Cyclone Phalin

Cyclone Phalin

Satelite photo of Cyclone Phailin:   The armed forced are on alert, the army having moved it’s Command Control to Bhubaneswar. Engineer columns from Bagdogra and Medical columns from Gopalpur are moving toward Bhubaneswar. Infantry relief columns are on standby. East Coast Railway has plans to cancel approx 24 trains running between Visakhapatnam and Bhadrak on the Chennai – Kolkata route. The trains which will either be regulated and cancelled are: Puri-Cuttack-Puri passenger Paradeep-Cuttack passenger Cuttack-Paradeep passenger Puri-Gunupur-Puri passenger Puri-Rourkela…

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Cyclone Phailin – Helpline Numbers

Cyclone Phailin – Helpline Numbers

Cyclone Phailin relief helpline details Helpline number in Odisha: 0674-2534177 District control room numbers: Mayurbhanj 06792-252759, Jajpur 06728-222648, Gajapati 06815-222943, Dhenkanal 06762-221376, Khurda 06755-220002, Keonjhar 06766-255437 Cuttak 0671-2507842, Ganjam 06811-263978, Puri 06752-223237, Kendrapara 06727-232803, Jagatsinghpur 06724-220368, Balasore 06782-262674, Bhadrak 06784-251881

Bhitara Kanika, Odisha, March 2013

Bhitara Kanika, Odisha, March 2013

My father-in-law, Sudhakar Padhi, organized a 2 day visit to the Bhitara Kanika forest reserve in Odisha in mid March 2013. I had to return early to travel to Nanjing and could not make it but the rest of the family all went. These photos were taken on the old Canon Powershot during that visit.

Bhubaneswar Vacation – March 2013

Bhubaneswar Vacation – March 2013

We visited our parents & grandparents in the 2nd week of March, 2013. We also went to Cuttack to visit my maternal grandmother and uncle. We also visited the Lord Jaganath in Puri and I was lucky to get darshan early in the morning right after sun rise. On the way back from Puri we stopped at Sathpada on the northern most tip of Chilika lake to go see Dolphins. I had to cut my vacation short to travel to…

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Fifth Floor, 2 BR Flat in Sudarshan Towers (Sahid Nagar, Bhubneswar) for Rent

Fifth Floor, 2 BR Flat in Sudarshan Towers (Sahid Nagar, Bhubneswar) for Rent

Flat number 502 in Sudershan Towers, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar, will be available for rent / lease starting April 1, 2010. Specifications: Flat No: 502 Fifth Floor, 2 Bedroom 1.5 ton, window AC in Master bedroom, Geyser in bathroom Full woodwork – drawing room, both bedrooms and kitchen (covered shelves and covered storage under the kitchen slab) Car parking available Sudershan Towers, a new prestigious multi storied apartment complex, is located in the posh Shahid Nagar area and is a stone’s…

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