United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has commended India’s "zero casualty" policy for cyclones and pinpoint accuracy of India Meteorological Department's (IMD) early warning system which have helped reduce possibility of deaths from recent cyclone Fani.
IMD's almost pinpoint accuracy of early warnings of Cyclone Fani helped authorities conduct well-targeted evacuation plan and minimise the loss of life during landfall of cyclone Fani. The pin point early warning allowed authorities to conduct very well targeted evacuation plan which resulted moving in 1.1 million people to about 900 cyclone shelters in short period of time. India's policy of minimising fatalities from cyclones has been proven by past performances as in cyclone Phailin in 2013 and is inline Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework).
It was high-end extremely severe cyclonic storm of category four. Its name Fani was suggested by Bangladesh and means ‘Snake’ or ‘hood of snake’. It was strongest tropical cyclone to strike India in a decade. It had originated from tropical depression that formed west of Sumatra in Indian Ocean. Later it had moved northwest wards and made landfall in temple town of Puri in Odisha. It was second named storm and the first severe cyclonic storm of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season
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UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)