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October 12, 2013

India and Bangladesh

Cyclone Phailin Update



India and Bangladesh

Cyclone Phailin Update




First Report, Saturday, October 12, 2:25 a.m. (California Time, USA)

Scroll Down for Second and Third Reports


Cyclone Phailin, one of the strongest Bay of Bengal cyclones in more than a decade, is expected to make landfall on India’s east coast on Saturday, October 12, at about one p.m.  It will hit shrimp farms in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha (formerly called Orissa) with winds up to 155 miles per hour.


Shrimp News would like to stay in contact with shrimp farmers in the cyclone zone throughout the storm.  Please forward your reports to, and I’ll post them to the News Reports section of my webpage.  Please include the time of your report (local time in your country) and your location.



Saturday, October 12, 11:36 a.m. (local time in India)


Gaurav ( I'm not really a farmer but for the last few days we have seen some emergency harvests.  Prices on finished product have seen a minor downward correction of 50 cents a kilogram for whole shrimp in two-kilogram boxes.  However, I am quite sure this is a temporary correction and we will possibly see a sharper increase in prices after Phailin.


Saturday, October 12, 11:54 a.m. (local time in Bangladesh).


Kafil Choudhury (": Here in Bangladesh it's like the lull before the storm.  Outside temperatures have reached 37°C (98.6°F), which is abnormal for this time of year.  We, in the middle of the freshwater prawn season, are keeping our fingers crossed.


Saturday, October 12, 12:17 p.m. (local time in India).


Prasad Naga ( I am from the state of Andhra Pradesh.  The cyclone is hitting the northern part of Andhra Pradesh, where there is not as much shrimp farming as there is farther south.  Nonetheless, the wind is blowing much harder, even in southern Andhra Pradesh.


Saturday, October 12, 12:47 p.m. (local time in India).


Vijay ( I am a shrimp exporter from Andhra Pradesh.  Cyclone Phailin will not have any effect on shrimp farms in Andhra Pradesh because most of the state’s shrimp farms are south of where the storm will make its landfall and should not suffer from the surge of water that will occur on the north side of the storm.



Second Report, Saturday, October 12, 8:22 a.m. (California Time, USA)


Saturday, October 12, 6:13 p.m. (local time in Bangladesh)


Kafil Choudhury ( The eye of the Phailin (pronounced “phy lin”) Cyclone has made landfall in the Indian state of Odisha (formerly called Orissa).  Heavy rains and winds have been reported in southwestern, Bangladesh, where shrimp and prawn farming are concentrated.


Saturday, October 12, 8:24 p.m. (local time in India)


N. B. VijayaKumar Kallepalli ( Inland destruction occurring, but no damage to shrimp farms has been reported.



Third Report, Saturday, October 12, 9:40 p.m. (California Time, USA)


Saturday, October 12, 10:44 p.m. (local time in India)


Bobby Lawrence ( As a precautionary measure, shrimp exporting terminals in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, and those in the state of Odisha were closed for a day.


Sunday, October 13, 8:11 a.m. (local time in India)


Vijay Kumar ( Cyclone Phailin had zero effect on shrimp farms in Andhra Pradesh, India.


Sources: 1. Emails from the above people on October 11-12, 2013.  2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, October 12, 2013.



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