Bhubaneswar: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of America has shared post cyclone night images of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Both the cities and Puri were affected severely by cyclone Fani that battered the eastern coast on May 3.
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) May 8, 2019
Fani left a trail of devastation across the state, home to 4.6 crore people, where it killed at least 34 people and forced a massive evacuation.
The majority of deaths, 21, have been in Puri.
There had been only limited communications with the area, and relief officials said they not been able to contact rescue teams in Puri.
In 1999, Odisha was hit by a devastating 30-hour super-cyclone that saw a storm surge sweep 20km inland, killing more than 10,000 people.
This time, improved forecasting models, public awareness campaigns and well-drilled evacuation plans – backed by an army of responders and volunteers – have spared Odisha’s inhabitants from the worst of Fani’s fury.