Phailin called a super cyclone is alarmingly heading towards Gopalpur in Ganjam district of Odisha at a speed between 185 to 220 km an hour speed and is likely to hit Andhra Pradesh equally. This is some thing of the nature of the super cyclone that caused havoc in 1999 with an immeasurable calamity. This time there is a forecast that its speed may reach 240 km an hour. The information from the media reports like this in the matter:
- “Defence Minister A K Antony asked the armed forces to be ready to move into Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in view of the impending severe cyclonic storm Phailin. Two IAF IL-76 aircrafts have already airlifted BDRF teams and equipments to Bhubaneshwar. IAF assets have been kept on standby at various bases including Raippur, Nagpur, Jagdalpur, Barrackpore, Ranchi and Gwalior. It has also kept two C130 aircraft, 18 helicopters, 2AN –32s aircrafts on a standby to move at a short notice besides asking its Eastern Air Command to coordinate relief operations with the task force positioned at Barrackpore.”
The calamity in the offing is supposed to be the severe most one and in this hour of crisis it is call of the day for all the people throughout the country to come forward readily for whatever help they can render to the affected persons and the places.