Economy Upping the ante for disaster management in cyclone-prone Odisha Updated : May 30, 2019 08:37 AM IST Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani tore into the east coast of India battering Odisha on May 3, claiming over 30 lives and leaving a trail of destruction in the state. The cyclone, claimed to be one of the rarest summer cyclones, prompted an evacuation of 1.2 million people in 24 hours to cyclone shelters before it made landfall in the temple town of Puri. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has praised the government’s evacuation for its effectiveness, highlighting it had saved many lives. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.