Bhubaneswar, May 3 (LocalWire): All flight operations from Bhubaneswar Airport have been suspended for 24 hours, starting midnight, in view of the impending cyclonic storm Fani, which is menacingly advancing towards the Odisha coast at wind speeds of 170-180 kmph.
The announcement comes after the government held a high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to review the preparedness for cyclone Fani.
The meeting was attended by the cabinet secretary, principal secretary to the PM, additional principal secretary to the PM, home secretary and senior officials from IMD, NDRF, NDMA and the PMO.
PM Modi instructed the officials to step up preventive measures in the affected states, including Odisha, and also take effective steps for relief and rescue operations.
According to the latest update from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Fani is likely hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali on May 3 with wind speeds of nearly up to 205 kmph.
The Odisha government has laid out an elaborate plan for the rescue and relief operations, comprising personnel from nearly half a dozen agencies, including the National Disaster Response Force, Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force, Coast Guard and the air force.
The state government plans to evacuate over 11 lakh people from the coastal districts that are expected to receive the full force of the storm.