Weather today, Cyclone Fani HIGHLIGHTS: Eight killed in Odisha storm

Weather today, Cyclone Fani HIGHLIGHTS: Eight killed in Odisha storm

Weather Today, Cyclone Fani in Odisha, Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh HIGHLIGHTS: Nearly 11 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable and low-lying areas of at least 11 coastal districts.

Cyclone Fani HIGHLIGHTS: The “extremely severe” Cyclone Fani, which made landfall in Odisha around 8 am on Friday, has weakened to “very severe” and is predicted to weaken further to a “severe storm” in the next six hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The storm battered the coast of Odisha, uprooting trees and sweeping away thatched huts and leaving large areas of the seaside pilgrim town of Puri submerged.

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Nearly 11 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable and low-lying areas of at least 11 coastal districts while the evacuees have been accommodated in over 4,000 shelters, including 880 specially designed cyclone centres, Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi told PTI. Other states on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, are also likely to be affected. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed to the people not to panic as the government is fully prepared to deal with the situation.

Railway emergency helpline numbers: 

Bhubaneswar- (0674-2303060, 2301525, 2301625), Khurda Road (0674-2490010, 2492511, 2492611), Sambalpur (0663- 2532230, 2533037, 2532302), Visakhapatnam – (0891- 2746255, 1072), Puri- 06752-225922, Bhadrak- 06784-230827, Cuttack- 0671-2201865, Berhampur- 0680-2229632

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Doctors with the newborn baby girl in Bhubaneswar. (PTI photo)

As Cyclone Fani raged outside, the doctors at Odisha railway hospital in Bhubaneswar maintained their calm and delivered a baby girl. The child, born to a 32-year-old railway employee working as a helper at the Coach Repair Workshop, Mancheswar, and the mother are doing fine, said officials of the Bhubaneswar-headquartered East Coast Railways (ECoR). 

"Baby made landfall at 11.03. We are calling her Lady Fani as she was born when the hospital was hit. This was the mother's first baby and both of them are doing fine. The hospital suffered some damage," ECoR spokesperson J P Mishra told PTI.

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The Navy has kept as many as seven warships along the eastern coast. Three are following the eye of the storm, while another four warships are positioned off the coast of Tamil Nadu. Helicopters are on standby at INS Dega in Vishakapatnam accompanied by divers, medical teams and relief material. The storm made landfall in Odisha this morning, which is on high alert with teams of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) on standby for rescue and relief operations.

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Three persons were killed in the Odisha storm, PTI quoted officials as saying.

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IOC says arrangements in place for uninterrupted fuel supply in Odisha, WB

Indian Oil Corp, the country's biggest fuel retailer, said it has made arrangements to ensure uninterrupted supply of petrol, diesel, LPG and jet fuel in Odisha and West Bengal that faced a category-4 cyclone. "In the wake of the cyclone Fani making landfall in Odisha earlier today (Friday), IOC is fully geared up and ensuring uninterrupted fuel supply from its locations in Odisha and West Bengal on the east coast," the company said in a statement.

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Nation with affected people, says PM Modi

While addressing a poll rally in Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We have gathered here today. At the same time, the people living in the coastal areas in eastern and southern India are facing an extremely severe cyclone. The Centre is in continuous contact with the governments in Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry." He added, "I have taken the latest update from officers. I held a review meeting yesterday. More than Rs 1000 crore was released to the concerned governments yesterday. The NDRF, Indian Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force are working with the administration. I assure the affected people that the nation and the Centre are with them."

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Cyclone Fani path: Which areas will be affected by the storm?

Cyclone Fani has made landfall along the coast of Odisha near Puri. The storm is likely to pass through Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore in the state before entering West Bengal, reported PTI. Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, will also be hit by gusty wind of around 140 kmph. The storm will weaken as it enters Bengal. Other states which will see marginal impact include Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and parts of the northeast. Bangladesh, too, is on alert.

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The Power Ministry said it has made arrangements to restore power supply in the affected areas with the least downtime. The Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry has planned to move additional water supplies in the affected areas and is keeping in readiness packaged drinking water. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries said it is keeping in readiness packaged ready-to-eat food. The Health Ministry has mobilised emergency medical teams, medicines and also coordinated with the Red Cross to provide assistance. It has kept ready 17 public health response teams and five quick response medical teams with emergency drugs.

Cyclone Fani: Trains cancelled, flight services suspended

On Thursday, a massive exodus was underway in coastal Odisha as hundreds of thousands of people left their home, on foot and by vehicles, in probably the largest evacuation ahead of a natural disaster in the country. More than 220 trains on the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled until Saturday. Aviation regulator DGCA announced that flights in and out of Bhubaneswar airport stand cancelled on Friday. Consequently, the operations of various domestic airlines have been affected.

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Fani is billed as the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999 that claimed close to 10,000 lives and left a trail of destruction in vast swathes of Odisha, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.

No flights to and from Kolkata between 3 pm and 8 am: AAI

The Airports Authority of India today said no flights will take off from and to Kolkata from 3 pm to 8 am tomorrow. The closure time has been revised from the earlier announced 9.30 pm to 6 pm tomorrow.

West Bengal: Rescue operation underway in Digha

The NDRF team which has been deployed in Digha has evacuated a total of 132 people, including 52 children from Dattapur and Tajpur, ANI reported. The evacuees have been shifted to a shelter.

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Cyclone Fani: Bengal CM to stay in Kharagpur to monitor situation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will remain in Kharagpur, near the coastal belt, to monitor the situation today and tomorrow. The Trinamool Congress supremo has cancelled her political campaigns for the next two days.

Navy in Vizag: Helicopters on standby, relief measures in place

In a press statement, the Navy in Vizag said, "Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt with Relief Material and Medical Teams embarked have been deployed on the evening of 01 May and are maintaining south of the Cyclonic Storm to be the first responder and commence rescue operation as soon as the cyclone crosses coast. Additional Relief Material, Medical Teams and Diving Teams have been shifted from Visakhapatnam to Odisha by road to augment the Rescue and Relief efforts under Naval Officer-in-Charge (Odisha) on May 2, 2019. Aircraft have been kept standby for immediate deployment to carry out aerial survey as soon as the cyclone crosses coast to assess the impact of the cyclone and aid in rescue operation. Helicopters are also kept standby for joining in the rescue operation and for air dropping of relief material when required." 

Cyclone Fani: Navy on standby in Visakhapatnam

Thirteen Navy aircraft are at standby in Visakhapatnam to carry out damage assessment and relief distribution requirements, news agency ANI reported.

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Cyclone Fani Live News Updates: Other states on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, are also likely to be affected by Cyclone Fani. (Express photo/Partha Paul)

Cyclone Fani HIGHLIGHTS: On Thursday, the evacuation process in Odisha faced problems as rescue personnel battled public reluctance to evacuate homes in some high-risk areas and pleaded with tourists to stay off beaches. The state government has set a target to evacuate 11.5 lakh people across 15 districts — 1.3 lakh in Puri alone. According to the office of the Special Relief Commissioner, the Puri district administration managed to evacuate only 22,250 people by 4 pm. On Wednesday, the Puri district administration had warned all hotels to evacuate guests within 24 hours. The East Coast Railways and state government have arranged for special trains and buses to various destinations.

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