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Cyclone Fani HIGHLIGHTS: Eight dead as storm batters Odisha, Bengal braces for impact

Weather Forecast Today, Cyclone Fani HIGHLIGHTS: The chief minister said nearly 12 lakh people were evacuated and shifted to safer locations within 24 hours ahead of the cyclone from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations in probably the largest such exercise at the time of a natural calamity in the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2019 9:28:44 am

Weather forecast today, Cyclone Fani in Odisha HIGHLIGHTS: Eight people died in the cyclonic storm Fani (pronounced Foni) as it weakened from an ‘extremely severe’ to ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm, and is predicted to further weaken to a ‘severe storm’ in the next six hours. 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. Cyclone Fani has battered the coast of Odisha, uprooting trees and damaging buildings. Over one million people have been evacuated from coastal regions to shelters.

The ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm which emerged from the Bay of Bengal is the worst to hit India since 2014. It is also likely to have an impact on Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, parts of the northeast and Bangladesh.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has operationalised ‘1938’ as the helpline number for Cyclone Fani. The Railways has listed numbers (1800-3457401, 1800-3457402) for the public.

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    00:45 (IST)04 May 2019
    Quick-reaction team of Navy from INS Chilka provides emergency assistance

    Quick-reaction team of Navy from INS Chilka provided emergency assistance in nearby villages in cutting and clearing of trees which had fallen due to Cyclone Fani. Quick-reaction medical team of Navy conducted mobile medical camps at various villages around Chilka, reported ANI.

    23:12 (IST)03 May 2019
    Cyclone Fani is very likely to emerge into Gangetic West Bengal by early Saturday morning

    Cyclone Fani is very likely to emerge into Gangetic West Bengal with wind speed of 80-90kmph gusting to 105kmph by early Saturday morning.

    23:10 (IST)03 May 2019
    Cyclone Fani weakens from 'very severe' to 'severe'

    'Very severe' cyclonic storm  Fani has moved northeastwards in last six hours and weakened into 'severe' cyclonic storm.

    22:07 (IST)03 May 2019
    Atleast eight dead due to cyclonic storm in Odisha

    Cyclone 'Fani' barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages, officials said. While three people, including a teenage boy, were reported killed in Puri district, three perished in Bhubaneswar and nearby areas. Flying debris from a concrete structure fatally struck a woman in Nayagarh. An elderly woman died of heart attack at a relief shelter in Kendrapara district, official sources said.

    22:05 (IST)03 May 2019
    Atleast eight dead in cyclonic storm in Odisha

    Cyclone 'Fani' barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages, officials said. While three people, including a teenage boy, were reported killed in Puri district, three perished in Bhubaneswar and nearby areas. Flying debris from a concrete structure fatally struck a woman in Nayagarh. An elderly woman died of heart attack at a relief shelter in Kendrapara district, official sources said.

    20:52 (IST)03 May 2019
    Rains lash AP's coastal dist,no loss of life reported

    Rains lashed parts of Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh as a fall out of Cyclone 'Fani', which hit the Odisha coast Friday, but no human casualties have been reported, officials said. Nine head of cattle and 12 sheep were killed in rain-related incidents, while over 2,000 electricity poles were uprooted because of high velocity winds and 218 cellular phone towers damaged, they said. (PTI)

    20:14 (IST)03 May 2019
    Winds gusting upto 115 kmph to hit West Bengal coast from midnight

    Gale wind speed reaching 90 to 100 kmph, gusting to 115 kmph is very likely along and off West Bengal coast from midnight, while in the interior parts the wind speed may reach upto 80 kmph, according to the Met department. Eastern and South Eastern Railway cancelled several trains to prevent any injury to passengers or damage to railway property. "As a precautionary measure keeping in view the safety of passengers, SER's EMU service will run as per Sunday's schedule on May 3," its spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said. (PTI)

    20:12 (IST)03 May 2019
    Meghalaya braces for Cyclone Fani

    The Meghalaya government has sought deployment of a platoon of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the state in view of Cyclone Fani, officials said Friday. The extremely severe cyclonic storm made landfall in Odisha on Friday morning. It is gradually heading towards West Bengal and from there it is likely to move towards the north-east, the officials said. One NDRF platoon, comprising 25 to 30 personnel, has been sought from Guwahati, Meghalaya Revenue and Disaster Minister Kyrmen Shylla said. The IMD has warned of thundersquall accompanied with gusty winds and heavy rains for the next 48 hours across the northeastern states, including Meghalaya. "We have requested the NDRF to deploy at least one platoon at the state capital. The NDRF personnel would assist the state in case of any emergency," Shylla told PTI.

    19:35 (IST)03 May 2019
    Watch | A crane collapses on buildings in the aftermatth of Cyclone Fani
    19:26 (IST)03 May 2019
    160 reportedly injured; power, telecom completely down: Government
    18:31 (IST)03 May 2019
    Cyclone Fani to change Nepal's weather condition

    Cyclone Fani will alter the weather conditions in Nepal and bring heavy rainfall and snowfall in the Himalayas, meteorologists warned on Friday. The powerful cyclone, strongest to hit India in 20 years, made landfall at around 8 am in India's eastern state of Odisha. Large areas in the seaside pilgrim town of Puri and other places were submerged as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of the state affecting about 11 lakh people. Although the cyclone is not likely to make its way to Nepal, light to moderate rainfall coupled with lightning and windstorm will occur in some parts of eastern and central regions on Friday and Saturday. The weather will get a bit extreme, the Meteorological Forecasting Division warned. They said the cyclone will affect the regular pattern of weather conditions in some parts of the country. “The cyclone is not likely to make its way to Nepal. However, lightning and showers will occur in some parts of eastern and central regions,” a statement issued by the MFD said. (PTI)

    18:30 (IST)03 May 2019
    Watch | Biju Patnaik Intl Airport hit by Cyclone Fani
    18:27 (IST)03 May 2019
    Armed forces on standby

    Army: 03 columns standby at Gopalpur, 2 columns & 2 Engineering Task Force (ETFs)are standby at Ranchi& 4 columns and 4 ETFs are standby at Panagarh for Odisha. 10 columns and 3 ETFs are standby at Secunderabad for Andhra Pradesh. Columns and ETFs also standby at Barrackpore, Kolkata, Kanchrapara&Kankinara for West Bengal.

    Navy: Deployed 6 ships on Eastern seaboard for relief ops. 5 ships, 6 aircraft & 7 helicopters standby for rescue & relief ops at Vizag. Disaster Response Teams, Medical Teams & Diving teams standby at Chennai, Vizag, Chilka& Kolkata.


    Air Force: Deployed 2 C-17, 2 C-130, 4 AN-32 standby for relief tasks. 2 MI-17 at Jagdalpur& 4 MI-17 at Ranchi standby for rescue & relief ops.


    Coast Guard: 6 Ships, 6 standby for rescue & relief ops. 12 Disaster Response Teams standby at Gopalpur, Paradip, Haldia&Fraserganj for rescue & relief tasks.

    18:25 (IST)03 May 2019
    Advance release of funds from SDRF to State Governments

    Advance release of funds from SDRF to State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal:

    Rs. 340.875 cr – for Odisha
    Rs. 235.50 cr – for West Bengal
    Rs. 200.25 cr – for Andhra Pradesh
    Rs. 309.375 cr – for Tamil Nadu

    17:44 (IST)03 May 2019
    Cyclone Fani leaves massive damage in its wake

    17:32 (IST)03 May 2019
    Navy posts photos of ship rolling in choppy waters before Cyclone Fani makes landfall

    Before Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha, that resulted in the deaths of three people, the Indian Navy put out photos of the choppy waters experienced by ships at sea just before the storm hit the eastern coast. The photos posted on Twitter by the Indian Navy’s official handle on Thursday shows one of the ships experiencing a roll due to the rough seas. The term roll is used to describe the rocking of a vessel in water caused by waves or other external factors. READ MORE HERE

    17:24 (IST)03 May 2019
    Flight services discontinued till 8 pm at Kolkata airport
    17:07 (IST)03 May 2019
    Path of Cyclone Fani through Odisha

    16:32 (IST)03 May 2019
    DGCA to issue advisories to airlines: Suresh Prabhu

    Civil aviation secretary monitoring situation, DGCA will issue revised advisories to airlines when necessary, says Suresh Prabhu.

    16:26 (IST)03 May 2019
    AIIMS PG 2019 exam cancelled in Bhubaneswar due to cyclone Fani

    The AIIMS PG 2019 examination, scheduled to be conducted on May 5, has been cancelled for the candidates having centres in Bhubaneswar. The Ministry of Health in a tweet mentioned that the AIIMS PG examination for centres in Bhubaneswar has been cancelled due to extensive damage caused in the city due to Fani cyclone. READ MORE HERE

    16:21 (IST)03 May 2019
    11 lakh people evacuated to safer locations

    National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DIG Randeep Rana said not many casualties were reported so far as precautionary measures were in place. The state administration had evacuated nearly 11 lakh people two days ahead of the cyclone from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations in probably the largest evacuation exercise at the time of a natural calamity in the country. The evacuees have been accommodated in over 4,000 shelters, including 880 specially designed cyclone centres. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) DIG Randeep Rana said not many casualties were reported so far as precautionary measures were in place. The state administration had evacuated nearly 11 lakh people two days ahead of the cyclone from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations in probably the largest evacuation exercise at the time of a natural calamity in the country. The evacuees have been accommodated in over 4,000 shelters, including 880 specially designed cyclone centres.

    16:18 (IST)03 May 2019
    Watch | Roof of a building in Bhubaneswar blows apart
    16:12 (IST)03 May 2019
    See Pics | Bhubaneswar railway station damaged by Cyclone Fani

    16:06 (IST)03 May 2019
    Indian Railway issues helpline numbers to assist those affected from Cyclone Fani

    15:58 (IST)03 May 2019
    Telecommunications in Puri completely down: MHA

    According to the National Emergency Response Centre, under the home ministry, power and telecommunication lines in Puri district of Odisha are completely down and restoration work is on. Rescuers belonging to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Navy, Coast Guard, Army and Air Force have been deployed in a mass operations, closely monitored by the central government. "The landfall process started Friday 8 am close to Puri and the eye of the system has completely moved into land by 10 am. The 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm 'Fani' weakened into 'very severe' cyclonic storm and lay centred at 11:30 am about 10 km to east of Bhubaneswar and 30 km to the south of Cuttack," a home ministry statement said.

    15:56 (IST)03 May 2019
    Watch | Intense storm and rains batter Kolkata
    15:49 (IST)03 May 2019
    Watch | ICG ship with relief material headed to Odisha
    15:42 (IST)03 May 2019
    Arrangements in place for uninterrupted fuel supply in Odisha, WB: IOC

    Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the country's biggest fuel retailer, Friday 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. "Adequate stock of petroleum products such as petrol, diesel, LPG, kerosene and aviation fuel is available. The Corporation (IOC) is also actively assisting the district administration in evacuation, rescue and relief activities," the statement said. (PTI)

    15:38 (IST)03 May 2019
    AIIMS cancels exam in Bhubaneswar due to Cyclone Fani
    15:33 (IST)03 May 2019
    Cyclone Fani caused Indian naval ship to roll in the sea
    15:23 (IST)03 May 2019
    'Fani' heading towards West Bengal, rain lashes city

    Normal life in and around Kolkata was thrown out of gear on Friday as cyclonic storm 'Fani' made landfall in neighbouring Odisha. Squally winds and rains hit Kolkata leading to waterlogging and traffic congestion. 'Fani' is likely to reach West Bengal by Friday evening. Coastal areas of the state also experienced heavy rains along with strong winds. "The eye of the storm is likely to be weakened when it enters West Bengal. The wind speed will be around 100 kmph to 110 kmph," an official of the meteorological department said. (PTI)

    15:18 (IST)03 May 2019
    Watch | Indian Coast Guard engaged in rescue and relief missions
    15:13 (IST)03 May 2019
    Odisha govt issues helplline number, urges people to stay indoors
    15:09 (IST)03 May 2019
    No reports of any deaths at sea: ICG

    So far, we have not received any reports about the loss of life in the sea due to Cyclone Fani: Indian Coast Guard

    15:00 (IST)03 May 2019
    Over Rs 1,000 cr released in advance for states affected by Cyclone Fani

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said over Rs 1,000 crore had been released in advance for the states affected by Cyclone Fani. Addressing an election rally here, he said the government was with the people in times of crises. A detailed review meeting was held and he had been given the latest updates on Cyclone Fani, Modi said as the extremely severe cyclonic storm hit Odisha on Friday morning. "Lakhs of families are affected by a cyclone in the coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and the Centre is in touch with the state governments. I got the latest update from officers sometime ago and also held a detailed review meeting yesterday. More than Rs 1,000 crore have been released in advance," Modi told the rally in Rajasthan's Hindaun town, located in Karauli district. (PTI)

    14:58 (IST)03 May 2019
    In Pics| The extent of damage caused by Cyclone Fani in parts of Odisha

    (Source: PTI)

    14:53 (IST)03 May 2019
    Several trains stands cancelled due to Cyclone Fani
    14:52 (IST)03 May 2019
    Three killed as Cyclone Fani batters Odisha

    Three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast Friday, officials said. A teenager was killed when a tree came crashing down on him at a place within Sakhigopal police station area limits in Puri district. Flying debris from a concrete structure hit a woman in Nayagarh district when she had gone to fetch water, killing her. In Debendranarayanpur village in Kendrapara district, a 65-year-old woman died after a suspected heart attack at a cyclone shelter, official information reaching here said. (PTI)

    14:45 (IST)03 May 2019
    Breaking | Three dead in cyclonic storm in Odisha

    Three people died in the cyclonic storm Fani (pronounced Foni) as it weakened from an 'extremely severe' to 'very severe' cyclonic storm, and is predicted to further weaken to a 'severe storm' in the next six hours.

    14:17 (IST)03 May 2019
    Odisha Cyclone Fani: Relief operations underway

    Relief efforts are already underway in coastal Odisha, with authorities clearing uprooted trees from roads and doctors conducting check-ups etc. 

    Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha with winds at 175 kmph Cyclone Fani in Odisha HIGHLIGHTS: In Puri on Friday morning. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

    Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Puri, Odisha HIGHLIGHTS

    Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha on Friday morning, bringing with it gusty winds and sheets of rain. The state is on high alert, with teams from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and NDRF stationed across the coast and on stand-by for rescue and relief operations.

    The IMD, in its latest bulletin, said the process of landfall began at 8 am Friday morning, and would be completed by 11 am. Landfall is when the eye of the storm meets landmass.

    The last time such a powerful cyclonic storm had emerged in the Bay of Bengal at this time of the year, in 2008, it had killed more than 1.25 lakh people in Myanmar. But that was mainly because of the lack of a sophisticated warning system and enough logistical preparedness to evacuate people.

    Also read | How do cyclones get their names?

    Cyclone Fani, on the other hand, has been continuously monitored ever since it developed southeast of Sri Lanka about a week ago. Warnings have been issued every few hours to fishermen and people living in coastal regions, and a massive emergency preparedness has been mounted.

    In an interview to The Indian Express, K J Ramesh, Director General of IMD, said, “In this cyclone, there are not going to be any surprises in terms of change of track or intensity. These are the usual points of concern. No such uncertainty exists as far as this cyclone is concerned… What we need to do is to give hourly updates on intensity changes and pockets of heavy precipitation and strong winds… We want to make this a zero-casualty cyclone, something that only Hong Kong has done so far.”

    First photos from Odisha coast as severe storm makes landfall

    Fani is not just a severe cyclone but an “extremely severe cyclone”. Tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal are graded according to maximum wind speeds at their centre.

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