Discovery channel’s new show ‘Listen to the sea’ sheds light on one of the country’s greatest calamities, cyclone Fani, taking a deep dive into the critical 48 hours before the landfall of an extremely severe cyclonic storm that caused widespread damage to life and property in Odisha.
While property, especially critical infrastructure such as power, telecom, roads — both national highways, state highways and rural — were severely damaged, Indian’s meteorological department’s (IMD) pinpoint accuracy in predicting the time, path and severity of the cyclone helped in saving lives. The government activated the disaster management programme, leveraging the 48-hour notice by IMD, and evacuated more than 1 million people to safety. ‘Listen to the sea’ is a story of hope as Odisha triumphed over this sever cyclone through its gallant efforts.
The two-part series will premiere on Discovery and Discovery HD on June 20 at 9 pm. The show will stream on Discovery Plus on June 23.
“We cannot control natural disasters and catastrophes but after the devastation caused by super cyclone in 1999, our aim was to make sure that as much as possible no human life should be lost henceforth in such disasters. In a state that has almost 500 kilometres of coastline, one should listen to the sea,” said Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha. “Cyclone Fani was a test of our preparedness. I would like to take this moment to highlight the efforts of all those who stepped in — over 45,000 volunteers who worked alongside the government officials to help in the evacuation process. It is due to this combined effort that Odisha successfully conducted Asia’s largest evacuation before cyclone Fani by getting more than a million people to safety.”
Megha Tata, Managing Director, South Asia, Discovery, said, “This is not a documentary about a cyclone that threatened to ravage a state. It is a story of human will and what it can do in the face of abject disaster. Listen to the sea is a story of Odisha’s resilience.”