Journal ID : AMA-17-12-2022-11892
[This article belongs to Volume - 53, Issue - 12]
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Title : IMPACT OF EXTREMELY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM - FANI ON IMPORTANT TREES AND THEIR HEIGHT

Abstract :

The East Coast of India is one of the six most cyclone-prone areas in the world. The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Fani’ made landfall on 3rd May 2019 morning near Puri on Odisha coast, India with wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 250 kmph and emerged into Bangladesh on 4th May evening as a Cyclonic Storm. Immediately after cyclone, an extensive inventory was made in the four most affected districts such as Puri, Khordha, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur and 35 common tree species which attain more than 20m height in such areas were evaluated at 4 different heights (5-10, 10-15, 15-20 and >20m). Borassus flabellifer (Palmyra palm) was found to be most resistant followed by Phoenix sylvestris, Alstonia scholaris, Polyalthia longifolia, Cocos nucifera, Areca catechu, etc. On the other hand Moringa oleifera (Drumstic) was affected maximum. Irrespective of species, the impact of Fani was high on trees of more height than trees of less height.

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