India carried out the largest evacuation in the nation’s history, shifting one million people from the path of a cyclone that slammed into its eastern coast in a move that helped limit fatalities and highlighted the effective response of the government.
Cyclone Phailin, the most powerful tropical storm India’s eastern coast has faced since 1999, made landfall as heavy rains and winds packing up to 210 kilometers an hour lashed the region, flooding roads and uprooting trees.
India braced for the country’s strongest storm in 14 years to make landfall tomorrow after moving oil vessels out to sea, closing one of its biggest ports and deploying rescue teams to the eastern coastline.
A tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal heading toward India’s east coast may stall the progress of the monsoon, which accounts for four-fifths of the nation’s annual rainfall, a weather bureau official said today.
Tropical cyclone Laila churned across the Bay of Bengal, the site of India’s biggest natural gas field, and was forecast to reach hurricane strength before making landfall late on May 20 in Andhra Pradesh on the east coast.
Tropical Cyclone 5B strengthened over the Bay of Bengal and was heading toward India’s east coast, where it’s forecast to reach hurricane strength before making landfall near Chennai within three days.
Reliance Industries Ltd., controlled by India’s richest man, is optimistic for the first time in three years about reversing a slide in gas output after the government began approving its expansion plans.
Reliance Industries Ltd. , the operator of India’s biggest natural gas field, stopped crude oil output in the Bay of Bengal as tropical cyclone Laila strengthened, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter.