AdvanFort operating a ship carrying heavily-armed personnel was detained by government authorities after straying into Indian waters on Friday. Though AdvanFort found Phailin as one factor behind its entering Indian territory, the cyclone mainly struck the eastern coast of India, mainly in Odisha, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh.
William Watson, president of AdvanFort, said, “I want to personally thank the Indian government for offering a safe harbour during this typhoon to the crew of our good vessel Ohio.”
AdvanFort was looking forward to returning the vessel to its duties “as quickly as formalities and resupply operations are concluded,” and confirmed that the crew and guards were remaining aboard the ship during its port stay, Watson added.
After the Phailin fury has waned. Now the major concern in front of the government and people of Odisha is of flooding.
Flooding has been reported in three rivers including Subarnarekha, Bedanya in Odisha. Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and Dajpur districts in the state have been hit by the floods.
The rescue operations have shifted focus to flood hit areas and the teams will be airdropping food packets in the affected areas.
The defence ministry on Monday said that it has sent four helicopters into service to evacuate the marooned local population as well as to drop relief materials to Phailin hit areas. The choppers were pressed into service in Balasore, Odisha.
The Navy has flown two aircraft from Kochi to Bhubaneswar carrying rations and also moved 12 tons of rations from Visakhapatnam to Behrampur. The Coast Guard aircraft and helicopters are patrolling the coast regularly and their four patrol vessels are on standby, a defence ministry statement said.
As Phailin wanes and moves ahead in the sub-Himalayan region in the next couple of days, the delayed process of withdrawal of monsoon in North India is likely to resume.
According to MET department, conditions now indicate further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from remaining parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, entire Uttarakhand, parts of west Uttar Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh and some more parts of Gujarat around October 17.
Phailin', a very severe cyclonic storm on Saturday struck the Odisha coast, bringing in its wake torrential rains and wind speeds of over 200 kmph in the state and in the neighbouring north coastal Andhra Pradesh.