"Being a national meteorological department we cannot predict the way other agencies do as this will lead to a panic like situation. We stuck to our stand and told the media what we have been saying since the start. Our predictions proved to be more or less accurate," IMD chief LS Rathore said.

Many international agencies including the US Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center had termed Phailin as deadly as the super cyclone.

IMD had predicted it to be a 'very severe cyclone' and refused to categories it as a 'super cyclone'. He also said that the department took a series of measures in the past few years to get accurate predictions.

"Since the XI Five Year Plan, we have taken series of measures. We have been improving our observation system, which has helped to better define the initial condition. Development of human resources has also helped to a large extent," he added.

He noted that creation of a separate Ministry of Earth Sciences was also crucial as this led to better interactions and transfer of operational systems.

(Agencies)

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