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.
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
Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha, West Bengal on alert. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS. Read in Bangla, Malayalam and Tamil here
'Baby Fani' born in Odisha railway hospital as cyclone slams coast
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.
Navy posts photos of ship rolling in choppy waters before Cyclone Fani makes landfall
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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Cyclone Fani: AIIMS PG 2019 exam cancelled in Bhubaneswar
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#AIIMS PG exam was scheduled on 5th May. Due to #FaniCyclone, there has been extensive damage in #Bhubaneswar, affecting road, rail and air connectivity. As a result, @aiims_newdelhi is cancelling the exam centre in Bhubaneswar. #CycloneFaniUpdates— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) May 3, 2019
Police clear roads as several trees uprooted in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani
Three killed in Odisha storm
Three persons were killed in the Odisha storm, PTI quoted officials as saying.
In light of Cyclone Fani, EC withdraws MCC in four districts in Andhra
A day after the Election Commission withdrew the Model Code of Conduct in 11 coastal districts of Odisha, the poll body today relaxed it in four districts of Andhra Pradesh too. This is to help facilitate rehabilitation work in these areas.
See photos | NDRF personnel at work in Odisha
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.
IMD update on Cyclone Fani
Fani near 20.3N/86.0E about 18 km east-northeast of Bhubaneswar & 20 km southeast of Cuttack at 1230 IST. Bhubaneswar reported 130 kmph in gustiness at 1130 IST.— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 3, 2019
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."
As Cyclone Fani unleashes fury, a baby is born
As Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha, a baby was born at the Mancheswar Railway Hospital! Baby Fani? Over 1,000 pregnant women were shifted to hospitals before Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha as a precautionary measure.
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.
Various ministries prepare to tackle impact of Cyclone Fani
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.
Railways minister Suresh Prabhu extends help to affected states
We will work with state Govts of affected states #CyclonicStormFANI to assist them in all forms of #Rescue #Relief operations #CycloneFaniUpdates @MoCA_GoI will facilitate. @Naveen_Odisha @ncbn @MamataOfficial @CMOTamilNadu @CMO_Odisha @CMOAndhra @CMOWestBengal @CMOTamiINadu— Chowkidar Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 3, 2019
Airlines must respond to concerns of passengers: Suresh Prabhu
We r ready to offer help needed for the stranded due to #CyclonicStormFANI .Controll room,helplines are manned all times to assist affected passengers #FaniHelp .All Airlines must immediately respond to the concerns of passengers and https://t.co/5G2MsFLuyV @airsewa_MoCA also— Chowkidar Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 3, 2019
Mamata Banerjee cancels rallies for 48 hours
Have cancelled my rallies for the next 48 hours because of what could be an impending disaster #CyclonicStormFANI We are monitoring the situation 24x7 and doing all it takes. I appeal to all people to cooperate. Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 3, 2019
'Cyclone Fani most severe since 1999'
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.
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.
Cyclone Fani to move north-northeastwards, weaken in next 6 hours: IMD
THE EXTREMELY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM “FANI” IS VERY LIKELY TO MOVE NORTH-NORTHEASTWARDS AND WEAKEN INTO A VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM DURING NEXT 6 HOURS.— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 3, 2019