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Product ID: 2901 - English
Published: 13 May, 2019
GLIDE: TC20190503BGD

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Tropical Cyclone FANI, the strongest storm to make landfall in India in the last 20
years since Tropical Cyclone Nargis in 2008, was originated from India ocean then
moved to the Bay of Bengal. It has rapidly intensified and should continue to
strengthen through the week as it tracks north toward eastern India and Bangladesh.
The cyclone made landfall between at Odisa state, India on the morning of 3 May
2019, with maximum sustained winds up to 240 km/h (Category 4 on the Saffir-
Simpson scale). After landfall, it weakened as it moved towards West Bengal, reaching
western Bangladesh with maximum sustained winds of 990-110 km/h. FANI is now at
such an intensity that can have a high humanitarian impact as by GDACS assessment.
This is based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and
vulnerability.
Based on data of the expected tropical cyclone path FANI, wind speeds zones from
Joint Research Centre (Issued on 3 May 2019 12:00 UTC), and population data from
WorldPop 2015, UNITAR-UNOSAT conducted a population exposure analysis for
Bangladesh. About 36% of population of Bangladesh living inside wind speed zone of
60 km/h as after landfall the maximum speed decreases.