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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

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.

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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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