Natural disasters cause devastating effects to human lives and property which includes nature and wildlife. Cyclone that causes floods is a deadliest natural disaster that brings extensive damages. The first severe cyclonic storm in 2019 in North India is the Fani Cyclone. This is the strongest tropical cyclone form due to a tropical depression in the Indian Ocean on 26th April 2019. After a week apart it became extremely intense on the 2nd of May 2019. The cyclone formed highest winds that blew 250 per hour that sustained for one minute and 215 per hour that sustained close to 3 minutes. vs
Fani Cyclone struck the Puri city which is a coastal district in Odisha state around 8 am on Friday, May 3rd. The state received extremely heavy rainfall and strong winds that exceeded 130 kph which is almost equivalent to the category 4 hurricane. Reports claimed that there were over 89 fatalities in both eastern India and Bangladesh. The cyclone has also caused a damage worth USD $ 1.81 billion which a majority affecting Odisha.
The cyclone affected few other areas such as Sri Lanka, Andra Pradesh, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts with devastating damages causing USD $ 8.5 million losses. After the cyclone it is estimated by the government of Odisha that they would require 17,000 crores to rebuild the infrastructure, both civic and residential buildings. However, the Indian Government were able to release over 1000 crores as a relief fund for those affected areas.
Impacts of Fani Cyclone
The Fani cyclone has caused a greater loss to the people in Odisha leaving them homeless and many have lost their family members and their pets which have led to depression. Though, the government evacuated Lakhs of people from the coastal region to shelters, still the damage is more. The wind was expected to blow at a speed of 250 kmph however, it crossed 300 Kmph. The damages are innumerable and beyond the estimation. Let us know more on the damages and adverse effects on life.
- Destruction to Nature
Severe damages had happened to the trees and crops. Millions of trees were uprooted across the place which can cause adverse effects on the weather conditions. Several roads were blocked the farmers who were awaiting for the cultivation goes through severe loss.
- Destruction to Infrastructure & Telecommunication
Thatched houses, residential homes and civic buildings were damaged. Many people live in houses without roofs after the cyclone struck. Wires along with electric poles were uprooted which led to darkness without any support for communication.
- Loss of Lives
This is the most depressing loss as more than 89 people lost their lives. The cyclone has caused severe damage to the wildlife. Over 21 lakhs of chickens got killed in the cyclone affecting the poultry farmers badly.