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Cyclone Phailin heads towards Odisha and AP

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Cyclone Phailin which is moving in from the Bay of Bengal, is forecast to hit between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Paradip in Odisha state on the evening of October 12, disaster management and weather officials said today.

Heavy rains, gale force winds and storm surges are also forecast in West Bengal, and the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Cyclone Phailin is gaining an extra speed of 10 kph every three hours, Yahoo India reported quoting a National Disaster Management Authority.

Indian Meteorological Department has also called on tens of thousands of farmers in the rice and cotton-growing states to save their crops within next 48 hours.

Cyclone Phailin will also affect Chhattisgarh and Jharkhandand where the Dusshera holidays of employees have been cancelled.

The East Coast Railway has planned special relief trains to be run to disaster affected areas carrying relief and restoration materials.

Related post: Cyclone Nilam kills 11 in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh 

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The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has upgraded the storm to a strong Category 3 tropical cyclone, with wind speeds of over 185 km/h. As of 17:00 UTC, tropical cyclone Phailin was located approximately 445 nm south-southeast of Kolkata, India.

The name Phailin is given by Thailand which means a Sapphire.

Similarly another typhoon Nari is predicted to cross the north of the Philippines on Friday.

Original post: Natural Disasters List October 10, 2013

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