Graded as a cyclonic storm which can cause severe damage by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Phailin originated over east central Bay of Bengal and has since intensified moving north-westwards, 800 km southeast of Paradip (Odisha) and 870 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
Pahailin over Odisha has weakened further into a cyclonic storm would weaken gradually into a deep depression by evening of today. The inhabitants of odisha sea coast are very much relieved that the cyclone was not harsh by damaging life and property as feared. Relief and restoration work is taking place in 12 districts where around 90 lakh people have been affected by the cyclone.
Phailin has demolished railway signals and high-tension electricity wires and uprooted tracks and railway platforms at various stations, bringing rail services in the region to a halt. The airport in capital Bhubaneswar was also closed yesterday and 10 flights were cancelled.