Experience shows that the use of short, distinctive names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker.
NDMA said that over 3,60,000 people have been evacuated from 4 districts of Odisha and 85,000 people have been evacuated from Andhra.
Cyclone Phailin, a storm as big as Hurricane Katrina that left New Orleans devastated, is likely to hit AP, Odisha coasts by 5:30 pm.
'Phailin' is the Thai word for sapphire. The next cyclone in north Indian Ocean will be called 'Helen'.
As cyclone Phailin approaches the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast, here is a look at some of the worst cyclones in Asia.
With the cyclonic storm Phailin approaching the coast of Andhra Pradesh, the state government is bracing up to make arrangements in 6 districts which are most likely to be hit.
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