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Fani's climate change fingerprint

What we need to understand is what Fani means in an increasingly climate-risked world

Cyclone Fani

A view of the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani after its landfall, in Puri, Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo: PTI

Sunita Narain
A horrific tropical cyclone-making landfall in the midst of election cacophony is not a good idea. It captures headlines briefly and it makes for good politics — who did what and who did not. But the fact is the impact of cyclone Fani, which devastated large parts of the Odisha and then hit West Bengal and Bangladesh, has not gone away. It has left behind a trail of broken homes, powerlines and infrastructure. The state has lost years of its development dividend in one rude and cruel shock.

But what needs to be acknowledged is the undeniable fact that there were
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First Published: May 20 2019 | 12:35 AM IST

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