Eight million people affected, 17 lives lost; Ganjam bears brunt of cyclone

Cyclone Phailin, which made a landfall on the southern coast of Odisha at around 8:30 pm on Saturday at a windspeed of 200 km an hour, affected a cultivable area of 0.5 million hectares and damaged 80 per cent of the power transmission infrastructure in the coastal areas.

Cyclone Phailin with a wind speed of 220km per hour is turning into a super cyclone before making landfall on Saturday evening near Gopalpur in Odisha where the government has galvanized its machin

The severe cyclonic storm Phailin over east central Bay of Bengal on Friday further intensified and is all set to make a landfall close to Gopalpur in Odisha at a wind speed of at least 205 kmph to

It is expected to cross coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip by Saturday

The authorities in 23 cyclone-prone districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are bracing themselves to tackle any exigency as a cyclonic storm intensified in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday and is expected to cross the coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip (close to Gopalpur) by Saturday evening.

It was just not the Super Cyclone that wrought havoc in 14 coastal districts of Odisha in 1999.

The company officials have sought around 90 acres of land in the area for the establishment of 1X120 MW power plant

The Hyderabad based RKP Energy Private Limited has evinced interest to set up a coal-based thermal power plant at Srirampur, near Chhatrapur in Ganjam district with an investment of Rs 500-crore.

Dengue has begun to spread its tentacles to more parts of the State with at least 77 positive cases reported from several districts.

A special immunization drive to contain the spread of measles in Ganjam district began on Monday.

A four-year-old girl died due to measles and over 20 children are suffering from the disease at a village in Ganjam district, officials said today.

Solitary nesting of olive ridleys at Gahirmatha rookery occurred almost every month during the nesting season. However, solitary nesting turtles were more frequent between February and April, suggesting this is the main nesting season for the species (Dash and Kar, 1990). As solitary nesting activity of olive ridley turtles on the Ganjam coast was not well documented previously, our aim was to do so and determine if nesting beaches in addition to Rushikulya were present along the Ganjam coast.