The cyclonic storm Ockhi has left behind a trail of death and destruction in south India exposing our ill-preparedness to plan for and manage the natural disasters. In 1999, Odisha faced a ‘super cyclonic storm’, also known as category 5 cyclone, leading to an official death toll of 9,887 people (15,000, unofficially) and damages worth US$4.44 billion. In October 2014, a category 5 extremely severe cyclonic storm Hudhud hit Andhra Pradesh with a death toll of 124. Last December, Vardha, a very severe cyclonic storm, struck Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of South India causing 38 fatalities. Predictably, our response to the Ockhi cyclonic storm is blame game.
Source: dna December 07, 2017 01:53 UTC