Three months back, Odisha was hit by Cyclone Fani, a disaster that largely went unnoticed
Gaon Connection travelled to cyclone-hit villages and urban slums to narrate stories of destruction, fear, losses and resilience. A photo feature on Cyclone Fani
Nidhi Jamwal 3 Aug 2019 7:17 AM GMT
Exactly three months back, on May 3 morning, Puri district in Odisha was hit by an extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which affected over 15 million people with at least 64 dead. The high speed winds of Fani, touching about 200 kilometres per hour, battered the state causing large-scale destruction pegged at 100,000 crore. In spite of being a rare occurrence, as tropical storms don't commonly form in April month and cyclone Fani occurred very close to the equator and moved a very long trajectory with a long life cycle, this natural disaster remained largely ignored.
Gaon Connection travelled to cyclone-hit villages and slums in coastal Odisha and reported on losses suffered by the state and the uprooted lives of poorest of the poor. As the state government implements a massive programme to rebuild lives and infrastructure post Fani, which may take a couple of years, here is a photo feature on impacts of cyclone Fani. It is also a reminder that in a changing climate and global warming, as oceans heat up, tropical cyclones are expected to get stronger. Disaster preparedness and building resilience in communities is crucial.