Nature’s fury, as they say, is the worst thing to ever bear. Not the best of things ever, obviously. For instance, when we do something that is in strict opposition to the ways of nature- such as, not eating for long or going without a bath for a few days or deliberately ignoring the need to wear something warm and comforting during peak winters- we know the consequences our action can cause.
Right? So imagine, facing one of the worst furies of nature- a cyclone?
At this point in time, to a country already anxious and for the lack of a better phrase, tense about the imminent future, perhaps there’s more concern than what already senses or sees.
The impending arrival of cyclone Fani is among the worst fears of the country. India has in the past already met with several ravages of the nature. Wondering how?
Well, it’s hard to ever forget the tumultuous time during the Kerala floods. Hundreds of thousands lost their lives and many more found their belongings snatched away from the snug comfort of their hold. Previously, there’s been the terrible Tsunami that once again, rocked the cradle of the states down in southern India.
And over a decade back in time, there was the destructive earthquake that struck Gujarat.
Now, as India prepares to elect a new government and decide on a new Prime Ministerial candidate, the web of nature’s fury has caught it, yet again. Turns out that the face of the terrible cyclone Fani expected to strike India toward the region of Odisha, as many as 1 million have been moved from their base.
One wonders, whether life can be much worse?
But here’s what you ought to know whether as someone who could be directly threatened by Fani or as an Indian worried about those who are directly in the line of ‘fire.’
It’s been estimated that over a million people are being moved from their base given the direct threat imposed by cyclone Fani. But to understand the true depth of the problem, one will have to identify just what lies at stake.
It has been shared widely in news reports that as many as 10,000 villages and 52 towns lie in the path of the treacherous super cyclone. The said cyclone could see winds gusting up to a horrific speed of 225 mph, which is actually about the average speed of a Formula 1 car in the better part of a Grand Prix race. Just hours back this Thursday, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called for a top-level meet in order to understand the extent of the problem facing India and what could be done about it.
Among the leading national dailies of India- The Times of India- drew caution toward the realistic threat when it shared the following:
This could be the first time since the 1999 Super Cyclone that the state would bear the brunt of a storm of such severity. The 1999 cyclone killed nearly 10,000 people and battered the state with winds that wreaked havoc at the speed of 270 to 300 kmph.
But that told, what’s really concerning is that Cyclone Fani is expected to be dangerous for the four to six hours after landfall. Only gradually then will it recede.