Cyclonic storm Phailin slammed Gopalpur in Odisha at 9.15 pm on Saturday, triggering heavy rains and strong winds with speed reaching up to 200 km an hour. Moments after the cyclone hit the town, shards of glass and asbestos strips could be seen whipping through the air “like killer projectiles”.
Devendra Tak, the national manager of media and communications for the charity said that despite areas being “battered”, buildings were “holding strong”.
He added that he had not “heard of any large numbers of people becoming casualties” as of yet.
MET deparment confirms that the intesity of cyclone Phailin has decreased. Heavy rains will continue for the next 48 hours.
* Cyclone Phailin caused a lot of inconvenience to air and rail travellers as many flights were cancelled while few others were diverted. However, airlines are not going to charge passengers affected by the cancelled flights.
* There has been no electricity supply in Gopalpur, Odisha, and Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh since last night.
*The cyclone has made its landfall in Andhra Pradesh, and the eye of the storm is expected to hit Odisha, according to US government website National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service.