Tropical Cyclone Fani, India, May 2019

02 May 2019


Tropical Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha, a coastal state in northeastern India, on the morning of Friday, May 3, 2019. The storm was equivalent to a category 3 hurricane when it hit and it created a path of damage and destruction as it moved inland and then northeast toward Bangladesh. The storm damaged not just homes and businesses, but crops and power infrastructure as well. At least 38 people were killed in India and 34 in Bangladesh. An early warning system and the rapid evacuation of over one million people were key to the low fatality rate; in 1999, similarly sized Cyclone Odisha killed approximately 10,000 people.


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