Bhubaneswar, April 30 (LocalWire): Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered for an advance release of financial assistance to the four states including Odisha that may face the brunt of the severe cyclonic storm Fani.
Based on the decision of the National Crisis Management Committee, the MHA has ordered financial help of Rs 1,086 crore to the State Disaster Response Fund (of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal in order to assist them undertake preventive and relief measures in response to Fani.
As per the details, Rs 200.25 crore for Andhra Pradesh, Rs 340.875 crore for Odisha, Rs 309.375 crore for Tamil Nadu and Rs 235.50 crore for West Bengal has been announced.
Special relief commissioner, Bishnupada Sethi, tracing the movement of the cyclone said, it is estimated to pass through Odisha’s coastline between Puri and Balasore, so district authorities have been asked to stay prepared.
The state has already kept 20 ORDAF units, 335 fire services units, 12 NDRF units ready.
Met Director HR Biswas said the impact of Cyclone Fani in Odisha will be more than that of Cyclone Titli. The cyclone may also cause heavy rainfall in coastal, southern and northern parts of Odisha. In coastal areas, wind speed may touch 170 km/hr.
However, a clear picture of the cyclone’s landfall will be known by today afternoon, Biswas added.
An IMD bulletin read that few places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh on 3-4 May will likely experience heavy to very heavy rainfall.
IMD also said Cyclone Fani has intensified into a severe cyclone. It is most likely to curve northwest-wards tomorrow and thereafter may recurve towards Odisha coast.