While the IMD projects air speed to be about 200-210 kmph, projections by other agencies say it may go upto 240-250 kmph, or even more. Even though the administration seems better prepared than Super Cyclone and the speed is less, I am sure the devastation will be higher because we have less number of trees on the coasts than before and more constructions. Massive surges estimated at more than 3 meters is really a matter of big worry.
Ranjan K Panda
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Waterkeeper Alliance, New York)
Lead, Water Core Group, NGO Forum on ADB, Manila
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