NEW DELHI: The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNSDR) has praised India for providing early warning and lauded the Odisha state for its efforts to minimise the loss following the severe cyclone Fani.
“The almost pinpoint accuracy of the early warnings from the Indian Meteorological Department had enabled the authorities to conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan, which had involved moving more than one million people into storm shelters,” UNISDR spokesman Denis McClean in a statement said.
The UNISDR later tweeted that the advisory was distributed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and local authorities well in advance.
In Odisha, 2.8 crore people, including 1 crore children were affected by cyclone Fani, according to the UNICEF.
The storm headed towards north-northeast towards Bangladesh and eventually weakened.