Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi, May 3 (LocalWire): “Extremely severe” cyclonic storm Fani is set to make landfall in Odisha on Friday
morning with speed of 180-200 kmph even as the central and state governments have said to be prepared to deal with any eventuality.
According to the latest information from the the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), ‘Fani’ was about 320 km south of Puri at 5.30 p.m., and it would hit the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali around Puri on Friday morning. Later, it is predicted to move towards West Bengal with wind speeds of 115 kmph.
The IMD warned that the cyclone is likely to cause damages to all types of houses, communication and power poles, road and rail
The cyclonic storm is “very likely” to move further north-north-eastwards and emerge into Bangladesh by Saturday evening, the IMD added.
Storm surge of about 1.5 metres height above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and
Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.
It is likely to affect thousands of villages in the state.
Fishermen been advised not to go to the sea with the state government evacuating a large number of people from the low lying areas.
The railways have already suspended operations of trains in Odisha and all trains in Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section (of the Kolkata-Chennai route) have been cancelled till Saturday.
A total of 140 trains including 83 passenger trains have been cancelled so far.
The cyclonic storm may also cause rains in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland with chances of heavy falls at certain locations on Saturday and Sunday.
The Odisha government said that around 900 cyclone shelters have been made ready to house the evacuees.
Teams of National Disaster Response
Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been put in place to help the affected.
Also, the Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations while the Army and Air Force units have also been put on standby.
In New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the situation in a high-level meeting. It 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.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has advised people not to panic and help each other.
Patnaik, in a tweet, assured the people that state government was fully prepared to tackle any situation that may arise due to the cyclonic storm Fani.
“Every life is precious for us, Have patience and cooperate with the state government,” he wrote in the message.