By Pradeep Kumar
SILIGURI, Sept 19: Earth scientist Dr Manoranjan Mishra, who has been conducting research on climate change modeling, seal level change modeling and decision design thinking in nature’s way in Odisha, explained the tall tell impact of super cyclone Fani.
Indian Metrological Department initially had predicted that Fani, originating from 2 degree equator, will hit at Chennai coast first. The prediction changed to Vishakaptam had slackened Odisha Govt. The prediction again changed to Berahampur and then to Puri based on the movement of Fani that had awakened Odisha Govt to evacuate the people from the eye of the super cyclone, Dr Mishra told this daily in an exclusive interview.
However, when people were asked to leave their homes and hearths without any prior notice had resisted strongly. Fani had claimed lives of 64 human beings including 2/3rd due to collapse of buildings besides 54,000 livestock. The death of livestock and animals was hardly covered by the media reflecting insensitivity towards truth. Thus, decision design thinking in nature’s way, when developed would immensely help in disaster management by the Govts and other stakeholders, he reasoned.
Fani stayed inside Bay of Bengal for eight days getting moisture and energy before passed over Odisha to Bangladesh. The sea surface temperature of Bay of Bengal during Fani remained 30 to 32 degree C reflecting the intensity of the cyclone.
If it would have hit Chennai, its intensity would have been much lesser, globetrotter scientist said, adding that it travelled over land for about 500-km due to degradation of mangrove forest along the coastal belt of Odisha.
Dr Mishra, who had served in Sikkim Central University and conducted research on impacts of earth quake in Sikkim in 2011, said that mostly Govt buildings of Sikkim had bore the brunt.