Bhubaneswar, May 1 (LocalWire): A deep depression over the Indian Ocean has intensified into a cyclonic storm, called as Fani, and is heading towards the Odisha coast at wind speeds of 185 kmph.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has warned that Fani has potential to cause extensive damage on its course unless preventive measures are taken in advance.
What is cyclone Fani?
Fani is a severe cyclonic storm that may develop into an extremely severe cyclone by Wednesday. According to the MeT office, Fani is packed with wind speeds of 185 kmph. A wind speed in the range of 95-195 kmph is considered dangerous.
Why cyclone Fani is named so?
The name was picked from a pool of 64 names suggested by countries in the North Indian Ocean basin. Tropical cyclones developing in the North Indian Ocean have been named by countries that send their names to the regional tropical cyclone committee. The one waiting to hit the eastern coast of the country was named ‘Fani’ (to be pronounced Foni) by Bangladesh.
How to stay safe from cyclone Fani
– Stay calm and don’t go by rumours.
– Keep your mobile charged.
– Stay updated on radio and television.
– Prepare an emergency first-aid kit.
– Keep important documents in waterproof containers.
– Secure your house with fencing.
– Don’t leave any sharp objects inside the house on loose.
– Keep your animals in high-rise places for safety.
During a cyclone:
– Switch off power and gas supply connections, electrical items.
– Keep doors and windows shut.
-Leaving for the nearest cyclone centres, if you feel your house is not safe.
– Listen to radio continuously.
– Drink boiled or chlorinated water.
– Strictly rely on official warning.
After the cyclone:
– Don’t enter damaged or destroyed buildings.
– Mind the broken electrical poles, wires and sharp objects.
– Seek a safe shelter as soon as possible.
– Keep a radio or transistor with extra batteries handy.
– Keep boats and rafts in safe places.
– Do not venture out in sea till danger subsides.