The United Nations praised India's weather department, the Indian Meteorological Department for "almost pinpoint accuracy" of early warnings that helped authorities conduct a targeted evacuation and minimise loss of life after an as extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall near temple city of Puri, eastern India.
The cyclone ranked as "extremely severe cyclonic storm" was the most powerful storm to hit India's state of Odisha in twenty years. The cyclone claimed 12 lives. Close to 1.2 million people were evacuated to temporary relief centers. The pilgrim town of Puri was submerged in heavy rains.
The UN monitored Fani's movements closely and took measures to protect families living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. About 28 million people were living in the path of the cyclone.
The cyclone with extreme wind speeds, measuring up to 240 kilometers per hour destroyed whatever was on its way. The cyclone tore apart electric poles, uprooted trees and destroyed thousands of homes.
India was preparing for the cyclone for weeks, soon after the depression was noticed in the Bay of Bengal. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesperson speaking to media said that he UN humanitarian agencies met ahead of the storm's arrival to take stock of preparedness measures.
The central, state, army, navy and disaster response teams worked in coordination to control loss of human lives. Comparing the human casualty with a cyclone of similar in nature that occurred in 1999, close to 10,000 people lost their lives. Therefore, with cyclone Fani claiming 0.12 % of lives, authorities must and should receive great amounts of appreciation for preparedness to control damage.