Cyclone Fani Highlights: Cyclone Fani weakened as it reached West Bengal Saturday morning, bringing a sigh of relief to the eastern state and neighbouring Bangladesh. The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, a senior IMD official told PTI. There was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, he added. Cyclone Fani touched the eastern coast Friday leaving at least eight people dead and swamping towns and villages. The temple town of Puri was worst affected by the cyclone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday talked to the governors of Odisha and West Bengal and assured central assistance to cyclone-hit states. PM Modi also announced that he will visit Odisha on May 6 to take stock of the situation there.
A red alert has been issued in coastal areas and fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. Several districts including East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Parganas besides, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans are likely to be hit by the storm which will then move towards Bangladesh and taper off. Six NDRF teams belonging to two battalions have been deployed in several places including Jhargram, Narayangarh in Kharagpur, Ramnagar in Digha, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas, Dhamakhali and Hasnabad in North 24 Parganas.