Mahanadi bird population took a hit due to Cyclone Fani, says study

News:A recent study has found that the impact of super cyclonic storm Fani had affected the bird populations along Mahanadi River. Facts: Key takeaways from the study: The population of sandbar-nesting birds along a 40-km stretch along the Mahanadi river has declined by 81% . The study also found that the population of the birds… Continue reading Mahanadi bird population took a hit due to Cyclone Fani, says study

Odisha’s plan to restore coastal green cover

The Odisha government has directed the Forest Department to implement the ‘Five-year action plan on revival of coastal shelter belt and afforestation programme’ on a mission mode. The five year plan seeks to restore the green cover lost due to Cyclone Fani in the coastal region. Under the programme, the state government would undertake the… Continue reading Odisha’s plan to restore coastal green cover

Odisha govt. to use drones to spot deer

The Odisha government has decided to use drones to locate about 4,000 spotted deer who are missing from Balukhand-Konark sanctuary following the extremely severe cyclone Fani. Drones are unmanned aircrafts piloted from a remote pilot station The Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is located along the Bay of Bengal coast, between the towns of Puri and Konark.… Continue reading Odisha govt. to use drones to spot deer

Post Cyclone Fani, CM Naveen Patnaik demands special category status for Odisha

Odisha chief minister has demanded special category status from Central Government for his disaster-prone state.He said that Odisha faces natural calamities almost every year. There is no provision of special category status in the Constitution,the Central government extends financial assistance to states that are at a comparative disadvantage against others.The concept of SCS emerged in… Continue reading Post Cyclone Fani, CM Naveen Patnaik demands special category status for Odisha

Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

The post-disaster communication in Odisha had failed after extremely severe cyclone Fani struck the state. State disaster managers have decided to introspect how post-disaster communication failed for the first time since Super Cyclone in 1999. Communication during and immediately after a disaster situation is an important component of response and recovery. It connects affected people,… Continue reading Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

Fani’s fury creates four new mouths in Odisha’s Chilika Lake

The extremely severe cyclone, Fani, has created four new mouths in Chilika Lake. Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha. It is located at the of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. It is the Asia’s largest brackish water lake. In 1981,… Continue reading Fani’s fury creates four new mouths in Odisha’s Chilika Lake

Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

Cyclone Fani which has hit part of the coastal district of Puri has inflicted heavy damage on the creation of ‘Pattachitra’ artists. The name Pattachitra has evolved from the Sanskrit words Patta, meaning canvas and Chitra meaning picture.Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities. Pattachitra or Patachitra is a traditional cloth-based scroll painting… Continue reading Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

A helping hand in the time of natural calamities

The Ganjam District Disaster Response Forum (GDRF) has been a major relief force during natural calamities, like the recent cyclone Fani, in the Ganjam district of Odisha. GDRF is a joint front of 47 NGOs. The forum assists the administration in making vulnerable and areas in the district disaster resilient. It also helps in carrying… Continue reading A helping hand in the time of natural calamities

UN agency praises India’s timely response

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has appreciated the Indian Meteorological Department’s pinpoint accuracy of early warnings of Cyclone Fani that has helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimise the loss of life. Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999 which has claimed close… Continue reading UN agency praises India’s timely response

Cyclone Fani: Odisha evacuates over 11 lakh

The Odisha government has evacuated over 11 lakh people from low-lying areas in 15 districts as extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani expected to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali In an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could touch 195 kmph. The India Meteorological Department said… Continue reading Cyclone Fani: Odisha evacuates over 11 lakh