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Weather today, Cyclone Fani Highlights: PM Modi calls Bengal Guv to take stock of situation

Weather Forecast Today, Cyclone Fani in Odisha, Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh Highlights: 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. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2019 9:39:13 pm
Weather today, Cyclone Fani LIVE News Updates: PM calls Bengal governor to take feedback about storm Cyclone Fani Highlights: The temple town of Puri was worst affected by the cyclone. (PTI)

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.

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Cyclone Fani hits West Bengal today after hitting Odisha through eastern coast Friday. Read in Bangla

21:37 (IST)04 May 2019
IAF sends 3 Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar for relief operations

The Indian Air Force Saturday sent three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar from Hindan Air Base for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, an IAF spokesperson said. The aircraft are carrying approximate 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the locations affected by Cyclone Fani. "The IAF had remained on hot standby for a launch ever since the first warning about the cyclone was received. The aircraft were positioned at Hindan for a short notice take off, waiting for the restoration of landing facilities at cyclone affected airfields," he said. The Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter landed at Bhubaneswar for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. (PTI)

21:35 (IST)04 May 2019
At least 14 feared dead, 63 injured in Bangladesh

According to Bangladesh media reports, at least 14 people are feared died and more than 63 people injured in Bangladesh as cyclone Fani hit the country. The Dhaka Tribune reported that the 14 deaths from eight districts, including Noakhali, Bhola and Lakshmipur, which were among the places worst-hit by the cyclone. The dead also included a two-year-old boy and four women. The deadly storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and damaged more than 500 houses. Bangladesh authorities said over 1.6 million people were shifted to safer places as about 36 villages were flooded after the storm surge breached embankments in the country's coastal areas. (PTI)

20:53 (IST)04 May 2019
Railways to resume all train services from Bhubaneshwar tomorrow

Indian Railways will resume all its train services running from Bhubaneswar on Sunday, barely hours after the state was hit by cyclone Fani. However, two trains originating from Bhubaneswar will not resume, and services to Puri are unlikely to begin before May 10, news agency PTI reported. JP Mishra, the spokesperson of the East Coast Railway, said, "Train services will run normally from Bhubaneshwar from tomorrow, May 5. This is for originating trains from Bhubaneshwar. Puri has been affected, but since it's not on the mainline, train services will not be affected." (PTI)

20:25 (IST)04 May 2019
PM Modi calls Bengal governor to take feedback about the cyclone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called up West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to take feedback on cyclone Fani and enquire about the ground situation in the state. During his conversation with Tripathi, the prime minister reiterated the Centre's readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the extremely severe cyclonic storm, reported news agency PTI. Modi took to Twitter and wrote, "Spoke to Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi Ji, the Governor of West Bengal on the situation due to Cyclone Fani. Reiterated the Centre’s readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the cyclone. Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani."

19:59 (IST)04 May 2019
Heat wave sweeps Andhra hours after cyclone Fani crosses

Hours after cyclone 'Fani' crossed the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh, a heat wave swept the state, taking temperatures to over 45 degrees Celsius. West Godavari faced the maximum heat with Polavaram Mandal recording 45.89 degrees Celsius, followed by Chintalapudi at 45.77 degrees Celsius, and Kovvuru at 45.63 degrees Celsius.

19:08 (IST)04 May 2019
Indian Coast Guard distributes food, water packets in Odisha

Indian Coast Guard distributed food and water packets to the villages and districts affected by cyclone Fani in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur.

19:02 (IST)04 May 2019
NDRF teams engage in rescue operations in West Bengal

Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) engaged in rescue and relief operations in the districts affected by cyclone Fani in West Bengal.

18:59 (IST)04 May 2019
All domestic scheduled airlines to move relief materials and medicines without any cost

The Ministry of Civil Aviation Saturday said that all domestic scheduled airlines have committed to move relief materials and medicines without any cost, joint secretary Usha Padhee tweeted. "Doing our bit to help authorities to move relief materials/ medicines to affected areas. All domestic scheduled airlines have committed to move these cargos without any cost. Control room set up at @MoCA_GoI to monitor & coordinate," she wrote on Twitter.

18:32 (IST)04 May 2019
Indian Coast Guard deploys ships, helicopters in rescue operations in Odisha

The Indian Coast Guard has deployed ships and helicopters in Odisha to carry out search and rescue operations in the districts affected by the cyclone. The official handle of the Coast Guard tweeted, "While 02 @CoastGuard Ships and 01 Helicopter deployed off #Odisha Coast continue to look for marooned fishing boats at sea if any #Haldia dock reports operational normal as of now," and tagged the Defence Ministry and Indian Navy.

18:10 (IST)04 May 2019
10,000 coconut trees uprooted, damage worth Rs 58.6 crore caused in Andhra

Officials in Andhra Pradesh said that cyclone Fani uprooted at least 10,000 coconut trees in the state and caused damage worth Rs 58.6 crore, adding that agriculture and horticulture crops were also destroyed. The damage was mainly caused in Srikakulam district, which borders Odisha. Over 958 acres of agriculture and horticulture crops were destroyed in the district, officials said. In adjoining Vizianagaram, over 29 acres of banana orchards were destroyed. As many as 2.74 lakh people in 145 coastal villages in Srikakulam district were affected by Fani but there has been no casualty. We have opened 139 relief camps in the district where 15,460 persons were being sheltered. In Vizianagaram, 2,000 people were shifted to 15 relief camps," state chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam said.

18:00 (IST)04 May 2019
Not much damage by cyclone Fani in Bengal, says CM Mamata Banerjee

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said except for damaging a few huts, there was no extensive damage in West Bengal due to cyclone Fani. "The entire administration was awake the whole night. We were very worried about the cyclone Fani," Mamata said. She added, "There were not much damage in the state. At least 850 mud houses in the districts were partially damaged while 12 were completely destroyed. Around 42,000 people have been evacuated by our people who took them to relief shelters. The civic services have been restored in Digha, Mandarmoni, whereas it is work in progress at other places."

17:54 (IST)04 May 2019
NDRF carries out rescue and relief operations in Odisha

NDRF carries out rescue and relief operations in all the districts of Odisha affected by cyclone Fani.

17:10 (IST)04 May 2019
IndiGo to resume operations from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata

Budget carrier IndiGo is all set to resume its flight operations from Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport and Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. From Bhubaneswar, the operations will resume at 5:20 pm, while from Kolkata, the flight operations resumed at 3:30pm onwards.

17:05 (IST)04 May 2019
Flight operations resume from Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport.

The Airports Authority of India Saturday evening said flight operations to and from Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport have resumed.

16:39 (IST)04 May 2019
Suresh Prabhu appeals to industry chambers to organise relief operations

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu appealed to the commerce and industry chambers to start the rescue and relief operations in the states affected by cyclone Fani. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Appealing all in Commerce&Industry organise #relief for the unfortunate affected by #FaniCyclone We will organise best possible way to ensure the help reaches those who needs it most.All Chambers must immediately respond to this calamity," while tagging industry companies like FICCI and ASSOCHAM. (PTI)

16:26 (IST)04 May 2019
NDRF to start relief and rescue operations in states affected by the cyclone

The NDRF released a statement saying 65 teams have been pre-positioned in various parts of the states affected by the cyclone. Relief and rescue operations will start soon. A total number of 44 teams have been deployed in Odisha, while 9 teams have been deployed in West Bengal, 3 in Andhra Pradesh, 1 team each in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland, and 2 teams each in Jharkhand, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

16:11 (IST)04 May 2019
Indian Navy launches rescue, rehabilitation operations in Odisha

The Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy Saturday launched the rescue and rehabilitation operations in Odisha in the aftermath of the cyclone. Two Maritime Recce sorties were undertaken by the Dornier aircraft of the Navy revealing widespread destruction localised around the temple town of Puri, reported news agency PTI quoting official statement. The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command personally undertook an aerial survey of the cyclone-affected area Saturday morning and visited INS Chilka to review the relief efforts, PTI said.

15:51 (IST)04 May 2019
Hyundai Motor starts emergency road services to aid cyclone-affected customers

Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) on Saturday said that it has started an emergency road service team to aid its customers who are affected by cyclone Fani in Odisha and West Bengal. The service, termed 'Hyundai Relief Task Force', will enhance services for vehicle-owners affected by the cyclone. The company's statement read, "Hyundai has stationed a dedicated emergency road service team to support the Fani Cyclone affected customers/ vehicles along with 26 flatbed trucks and 21 Towing Trucks to assist the customers." (PTI)

15:34 (IST)04 May 2019
Indian Coast Guard conducts aerial survey of Puri

The Indian Coast Guard Saturday morning conducted an aerial survey of Odisha's Puri in the aftermath of cyclone Fani.

15:28 (IST)04 May 2019
Eastern Railway resumes operations in West Bengal

Eastern Railway, in a tweet, said that they have resumed normal services over West Bengal's Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, and Malda Divisions since morning.

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Cyclone Fani Highlights: On Friday, the pilgrim town of Puri was the worst affected despite the cyclone weakening into 'very severe’ from 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm within few hours of its strike. The state government had evacuated nearly 12 lakh people from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban agglomerations over the last two days in Puri.

Reviewing the situation, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Energy infrastructure has been completely destroyed. Restoration of electricity is a challenging task,” he said, adding that work is on to restore road communication “thrown into disarray with thousands of uprooted trees blocking the way in innumerable places”.

Watch | Overhead crane crashes on buildings due to Cyclone Fani

In West Bengal, authorities said they had taken all precautionary measures — from evacuation of people from areas on high alert to cancellation of flights and trains.

Mamata Banerjee cancels rallies due to Cyclone Fani

With cyclone Fani reaching the state, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has cancelled all her political rallies for the next 48 hours. She requested people to stay safe and alert during the storm. Mamata has stationed herself at Kharagpur in West Midnapore, which is closer to the coastal areas to monitor the situation for the next two days.

Read | Schools, malls, markets shut in Kolkata

“Have cancelled my rallies for the next 48 hours because of what could be an impending disaster #CyclonicStormFANI We are monitoring the situation 24×7 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 said in a tweet.

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