8.25 am: NDRF teams begin rescue and relief in affected areas.
8.20 am: Oriya news channel OTV quotes Odisha Disaster Management Minister Surya Patro as saying that Ganjam and Puri district were most hit but extent of damage not known completely.
8.15 am: IAF to start air dropping of relief materials in affected areas after 11 am, units on standby across the region.
8.05 am: Phailin has caused extensive damage in Gopalpur, Brahmpur. Power lines and communication infrastructure damaged extensively – Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra told a news channel.
Most trees in Gopalpur have been uprooted.
7.57 am: No news on the 18 fishermen stranded off Paradip coast.
7.55 am: National Disaster Response Force Chief Krishna Chowdhary confirms no casualties reported so far due to Cyclone Phailin.
7.45 am: Indian Meteorological Department deserves praise as it had rightly categorised Phailin as a severe cyclonic storm and stuck to its reading that it was not a Category 5 super storm. American experts had overestimated the destructive force of the storm.
7.40 am: Sun shines briefly in Bhubaneswar after night of Phailin fury. Intensity of rain and winds goes down.
7.20 am: Reports quoting NDRF claimed that no loss of life has been reported so far from the cyclone hit region. 7 people had died in Odisha, yesterday, after trees fell on them. Excellent preparation by various state and central agencies, especially National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) deserves praise.
7:00 am: Cylone Phailin’s fury has ebbed but flood threat looms large as heavy rains continue in Odisha.