06 MAY,2019 | MEDC
The human cost of Cyclone Fani in Eastern India was minimized. One of the biggest storms in years hit Odisha, where millions live in low lying coastal areas in shanties built of mud and sticks. Thanks to the organizational efficiency of the government, a major disaster was averted and thousands of lives saved. Evacuating a million people in just three to four days and providing them not just shelter but even food is an accomplishment of which India can justly be proud. This is not the first (and it won’t be the last) cyclone to hit India, and the government’s steady success in dealing with such natural disasters reflects accumulated wisdom. Even though critical infrastructure in the region was devastated, the human cost of the disaster was certainly contained.
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