New Delhi: Cyclone ‘Fani’ hit Odisha with 193 kmph speed. The wind was so strong that many big trees were uprooted. Buses turned upside down. House doors and windows were broken. In many places the telephone and electric columns collapsed. But the good thing was that about 11.5 lakh people were saved safely. This was just because the Indian space agency ISRO’s satellites had already warned. They were giving new information to the Ground station every 15 minutes.
Fani is being described as the most dangerous storm of 43 years. Due to this, 16 people have died so far. Of the 16 people who died, four from Mayurbhanj and three each in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Jajpur and one each in Keonjhar, Nayagarh and Kendrapara.
Due to the warning and forecast of ISRO, nearly 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas of Odisha could be saved safely. More than 5000 shelters have been made. IRSO had deployed 5 satellites for this purpose. ISRO’s Insat-3D, Insat-3DR, Scatsat-1, Oceansat-2 and Megha Tropics satellites continually tracked Odisha. If they did not recognize the storm at times, then the situation might have worsened.
ISRO satellites were giving storm information every 15 minutes
About 7 days earlier, weather scientists had warned of cyclonic storms due to low pressure in the Southern Indian Ocean. 5 satellites of ISRO were constantly tracking it. They were giving new information to the Ground station every 15 minutes. Getting information about safe places helped people get rid of the affected areas.
Stormy clouds in 1000 Km from the centre of Fani
The Meteorological Department said that there were clouds in 1,000 km from the centre of Fani, but the rain clouds ranged from just 100 to 200 km. The rest of the clouds were at a height of about 11 thousand feet. Scatsat-1 has been deployed to keep an eye on the information that was received before the INSAT series satellites. The cyclonic storm centre was monitored with this. Then through the Oceansat-2, getting information about the sea surface, wind speed and the direction of the storm.
American media is also praising ISRO
The New York Times of America praised India and ISRO about the Fani storm. It has written that after the warning of ISRO, the Indian government made a good plan. 26 lakh messages were sent to the people. 43,000 Volunteers were already deployed. About 1,000 emergency employees were deployed. The Washington Post said that due to the sensitivity of ISRO and the government, great catastrophe became smaller.