Cyclone Fani LIVE updates: 12 killed in Bangladesh, 12 in Odisha

Trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar | PTI
Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, has weakened into a "cyclonic storm leaving no more major threat" for West Bengal on Saturday.

At present, the cyclone, which is situated at Shantipur in Nadia district about 60 km north of Kolkata, is likely to enter Bangaldesh around Saturday noon.

Trees were uprooted in the coastal cities in the state and a few places in Kolkata as the cyclone entered Bengal post-midnight hours after making landfall and causing havoc in Odisha on Friday.

After all flights from Bhubaneswar and Kolkata airports were grounded on Friday, the NSC Bose airport here resumed operations at 9.57 am on Saturday.

Cyclone Fani made a landfall in Puri on Odisha coast on Friday, packing rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, leaving at least three people dead. Large areas in the seaside pilgrim town of Puri and other places were submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of the state.

A teenage boy was among the dead. While the boy died when a tree collapsed on him in Puri, flying debris from a concrete structure left a woman dead in Nayagarh. An elderly woman died of heart attack at a relief shelter in Kendrapara district.

 


1:57 PM IST Cyclone 'Fani', which ravaged most parts of Odisha and left 12 people dead, poses no threat to West Bengal anymore, as it weakens further before entering neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official said on Saturday.   As per forecast, there will be moderate to light rainfall, particularly in the districts adjacent to Bangladesh, but the weather condition in and around the city will normalise through the course of the day, Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here, Sanjib Bandyopadhyay said.   "There is absolutely no threat from this system (cyclone Fani) to West Bengal. The very severe cyclonic storm had weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over Odisha coast before entering West Bengal," he said.

12:41 PM IST #FlyAI : #AirIndia subsidiary Alliance Air is operating flight from #Ranchi to #Bhubaneswar. ETD is 1300 hrs. — Air India (@airindiain) May 4, 2019

12:17 PM IST #flyAI: Air India has announced Additional flight for Passengers stranded due to #CycloneStormFANI . Today Delhi-Bhubaneswar at 1500hrs and Bhubaneswar-Delhi at 1745hrs. Passengers holding valid Air India tickets may please reach the Airport. — Air India (@airindiain) May 4, 2019

12:00 PM IST People of West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief as severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened on Saturday morning and was moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre said.   The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, he said.   There was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, officials said.   "Fani is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further over the next six hours.   "It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and enter Bangladesh around noon as a deep depression with wind speeds of 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph," Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here Sanjib Bandyopadhyay told PTI.   The very severe cyclonic storm weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over the Odisha coast, before moving further north-northeastwards and entering West Bengal through Kharagpur in West Midnapore around 12.30 am on Saturday.   "It has moved to Arambagh in Hooghly and is now in Nadia district...and is moving towards Murshidabad district," Bandyopadhyay said.

11:08 AM IST #flyAI: National carrier Air India will ship relief material to cyclone affected Orissa free of cost to stand by residents affected by the cyclone. NGO/ Civil Society/ SHG etc may contact Res. Commissioner, Orissa at Delhi for this. — Air India (@airindiain) May 4, 2019

11:06 AM IST Air India steps forward to help the residents of Odisha affected by Cyclone Fani  If any (NGO/ Civil society/ SHG etc) wants to send relief materials to cyclone affected area of Odisha, Air India would ship it free of cost.

11:01 AM IST Day after tomorrow, on the 6th morning, I will be going to Odisha to take stock of the situation arising in the wake of Cyclone Fani. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 4, 2019

10:59 AM IST 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. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 4, 2019

10:59 AM IST As West Bengal braces for Cyclone Fani's landfall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the governor of the state, Keshari Nath Tripathi, on Saturday about the ground situation.   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.   "Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani," Modi said in a tweet.

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8:47 AM IST Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, uprooted trees and triggered rains as it entered West Bengal post midnight on Saturday, hours after making landfall and causing havoc in Odisha on Friday.   According to the Meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into "very severe" as it approached Bengal.

8:39 AM IST Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, uprooted trees and triggered rains as it entered West Bengal post midnight on Saturday, hours after making landfall and causing havoc in Odisha on Friday.   According to the Meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into "very severe" as it approached Bengal.

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Cyclone 'Fani' no more a threat to West Bengal: Met official

Cyclone 'Fani', which ravaged most parts of Odisha and left 12 people dead, poses no threat to West Bengal anymore, as it weakens further before entering neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official said on Saturday.
 
As per forecast, there will be moderate to light rainfall, particularly in the districts adjacent to Bangladesh, but the weather condition in and around the city will normalise through the course of the day, Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here, Sanjib Bandyopadhyay said.
 
"There is absolutely no threat from this system (cyclone Fani) to West Bengal. The very severe cyclonic storm had weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over Odisha coast before entering West Bengal," he said.

Cyclone Fani moving towards Bangladesh, no major impact in West Bengal

People of West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief as severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened on Saturday morning and was moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre said.
 
The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, he said.
 
There was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, officials said.
 
"Fani is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further over the next six hours.
 
"It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and enter Bangladesh around noon as a deep depression with wind speeds of 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph," Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here Sanjib Bandyopadhyay told PTI.
 
The very severe cyclonic storm weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over the Odisha coast, before moving further north-northeastwards and entering West Bengal through Kharagpur in West Midnapore around 12.30 am on Saturday.
 
"It has moved to Arambagh in Hooghly and is now in Nadia district...and is moving towards Murshidabad district," Bandyopadhyay said.

Air India steps forward to help the residents of Odisha affected by Cyclone Fani

Air India steps forward to help the residents of Odisha affected by Cyclone Fani  If any (NGO/ Civil society/ SHG etc) wants to send relief materials to cyclone affected area of Odisha, Air India would ship it free of cost.

Cyclone Fani: Modi to visit Odisha on May 6 to take stock of situation

As West Bengal gears up for Cyclone Fani's landfall, PM Modi speaks to governor

As West Bengal braces for Cyclone Fani's landfall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the governor of the state, Keshari Nath Tripathi, on Saturday about the ground situation.
 
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.
 
"Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani," Modi said in a tweet.

Cyclone Fani uproots trees, triggers heavy rains in West Bengal

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, uprooted trees and triggered rains as it entered West Bengal post midnight on Saturday, hours after making landfall and causing havoc in Odisha on Friday.
 
According to the Meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into "very severe" as it approached Bengal.

Fani uproots trees, triggers heavy rains in Bengal

Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian subcontinent in decades, uprooted trees and triggered rains as it entered West Bengal post midnight on Saturday, hours after making landfall and causing havoc in Odisha on Friday.
 
According to the Meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into "very severe" as it approached Bengal.

In pic: Navan Dornier Aircraft conducting aerial survey of Puri

8 die, power and telecom infra damaged

The storm has so far claimed eight lives and caused a severe damage to property and public infrastructure in 13 coastal districts of the state.
 
At least three people were reported to have been killed in Puri, besides another three in the Bhubaneswar region, and one each in Kendrapara and Nayagarh.

More than 100,000 electric poles have been ravaged in Puri and Khurda districts. Not a single electric pole is standing in Puri in the aftermath of the cyclone, said Hemant Sharma, secretary (energy) in the Odisha government

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Tower collapses in 400 KV Baripada-Pandiabili line near Chandka

Bhubaneshwar flight operations expected to begin by 1 pm on Saturday

Equipment at Bhubaneswar airport have been significantly damaged but flight operations are expected to begin by 1 pm Saturday, the civil aviation ministry said in a statement Friday. Read more here 


Visuals of heavy rainfall and strong winds from West Bengal's Digha

Visuals from Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar after cylone Fani hit Odisha

Cyclone Fani causes extensive damage to kuchha houses, old buildings and temporary shops in Puri

Severity of cyclones in Bay of Bengal on the rise, say scientists

The Indian subcontinent, particularly India and Bangladesh, might have to brace for cyclones similar to Fani, termed extremely severe, in the years to come.
 
The pattern of cyclones over the Bay of Bengal in the last few decades shows that the intensity of cyclones in the region is on the rise. Climate change, leading to higher sea temperatures, is to be blamed for this impending threat, say scientists. Read more
 

AIIMS PG exam, scheduled on 5th May, cancelled for Bhubaneshwar centre

Visuals: Cyclone Fani batters Bhubaneswar airport

Named after the storm: Odisha woman calls her newborn baby 'Fani'

A baby was born in an Odisha railway hospital as the extremely severe storm wreaked its havoc on Friday and her name came to officials in a flash -- she could only be Lady Fani for them.
 
The baby was born at 11.03 am in the railway hospital in Mancheswar, barely five km from the Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, officials said. Read more 

 

Odisha has evacuated nearly 1.1 million people

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.

Heavy rainfall predicted in Odisha and its neighbouring states

Moderate rainfall is expected at most places, heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rains at isolated places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of interior parts of the state on Friday.
 
Most places in Odisha is likely to receive light to moderate rains on Saturday with heavy to very heavy rainfall occurring at isolated places in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts.
 
In Andhra Pradesh, light to moderate rainfall is likely at most places with heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places over Srikakulam district on Friday. Also light to moderate rainfall is likely in West Bengal on Friday, with heavy to very heavy showers at a few places and extremely heavy rains at isolated places.
 
Light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places and heavy rains at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on Saturday.

Cyclone 'Fani' bites Odisha

Cyclone 'Fani' rolled through Odisha on Friday, packing rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, leaving at least three people dead, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages.
 
While a teenage boy was killed when a tree collapsed on him in Puri, flying debris from a concrete structure left a woman dead in Nayagarh. An elderly woman died of heart attack at a relief shelter in Kendrapara district. Read more

'Fani' fury weakens, heavy rainfall predicted in Odisha, AP, Bengal, northeast: MHA

The eye of cyclonic storm 'Fani' has "completely moved into land" by 10 am Friday weakening its fury, but heavy rainfall is still predicted in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and parts of the northeastern states, the Home Ministry said Friday. Read more

Fani batters AIIMS Bhubaneswar unit, rips off hostel roof

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Bhubaneshwar on Friday reported extensive damage hours after the Category 4 Cyclone Fani made landfall on the Odisha coast wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of destruction. Read more
Video: Indian Coast Guard loading relief material on a chopper

Over Rs 1,000 cr released in advance for relief, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi said that over Rs 1,000 crore has been released in advance for the states affected by Cyclone Fani. The Prime Minister said the government is with the people in times of crisis. 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.

Cyclone Fani leaves at least three dead in Odisha

According to news agency PTI, three people were killed in separate incidents as cyclone Fani battered the Odisha coast Friday. 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. Read more...

EC relaxes Model Code of Conduct in 4 districts of Andhra Pradesh

In the backdrop of cyclonic storm Fani, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has relaxed Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in four districts of Andhra Pradesh - East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam - in order to facilitate speedy rescue, relief and restoration activities, said news agency PTI. Read more...

Two killed in Odisha

At least two have been in Odisha by falling trees, according to news agency AFP.
A traffic police personnel sits inside a kiosk during rainfall, in Kolkata | Photo credit: PTI

Cyclone Fani to trigger heavy rains in Bihar, Jharkhand today

Cyclone Fani to trigger heavy rains and strong winds in Bihar and Jharkhand today: SkymetWeather
Odisha is battered by cyclonic storms every year. The state was hit by a super cyclone in 1999 with wind speeds that were estimated to have reached a maximum 270 kilometers an hour leaving almost 10,000 people dead.
 
 

NSUI requests postponement of NEET exam

The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) Goa president, Ahraz Mulla has written a letter to the President, Prime Minister and Union HRD ministry -- requesting them to postpone NEET exam, in view of difficulties faced by students due to cyclone 'Fani' in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Read more...

Amit Shah's election rallies in Jharkhand cancelled due to Cyclone Fani

BJP president Amit Shah, who was supposed to address rallies ahead of the May 6 polling for three Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand, will not campaign in the state due to the cyclonic storm Fani which has slammed the coast of neighbouring Odisha.
 

Cyclone Fani weakens, says IMD

The "Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm" Fani that made landfall at Puri on Friday morning with a wind speed of around 245 kmph has weakened into a "Very Severe Cyclonic Storm" with a wind speed of approximately 150-160 kmph. As it continues to move North-North East (NNE), it is likely to further weaken into a "Severe Cyclonic Storm" said IMD. Read more...

IOC ensures uninterrupted fuel supply in Odisha, West Bengal

According to news agency PTI, the Indian Oil Corp (IOC), 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. IOC is continuing to operate its 15 million tonne per annum capacity refinery at Paradip on Odisha coast. Read more...
 

Cyclone Fani: Telecom networks partially disrupted in Puri, Bhubaneswar

Telecommunication networks have been reportedly partially disrupted in Puri and Bhubaneswar districts in Odisha due to cyclonic storm Fani making landfall on Friday morning. Read more

Rain lashes Bengal as Fani stings Odisha

As the severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall in neighbouring Odisha, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and Gangetic West Bengal on Friday.
 
The extremely severe cyclonic storm made landfall alittle after 10 a.m. It was located over 400 km southwest of Kolkata and over 350 km, southwest of the East Midnapore district sea resort Digha. Read more 
 

No flights to and from Kolkata airport between 3 pm to 8 am

According to news agency PTI, no flights will depart or arrive at Kolkata airport from 3 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday in view of the cyclonic storm 'Fani', which slammed into the Odisha coast in the morning, Indian aviation regulator DGCA said.
A railway official reads from the notice board after several trains were cancelled due to cyclone 'Fani', in Kolkata | Photo credit: PTI

Indian Coast Guard positions 34 disaster relief teams

The Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 disaster relief teams at Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Paradip, Gopalpur, Haldia, Frazergunj and Kolkata besides four ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai, said news agency PTI

Mamata Banerjee cancels rallies for next two days to monitor situation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday took to Twitter to inform that she has cancelled all her election rallies for the next two days in the wake of 'impending' Cyclone Fani in her home state.

Telecom networks partially disrupted in Puri, Bhubaneswar

According to news agency PTI, telecommunication networks have been partially disrupted in Puri and Bhubaneswar districts in Odisha due to cyclonic storm Fani making landfall on Friday morning. In addition to the trains (scheduled from May 1 to May 3) cancelled earlier, East Coast Railway has cancelled 10 more trains.

Indian Navy to undertake aerial survey to assess impact of Cyclone Fani

Cricket Association of Bengal postpones local matches till May 6

In view of the Cyclone Fani, the Cricket Association of Bengal has postponed all the local matches till Monday.
 
"This is to inform all concerned that cricket matches of this Association scheduled to be held from 3rd to 6th May, 2019 are hereby postponed owing to cyclonic storm 'Fani' as forecasted by the Metrological department, Kolkata. The revised dates of such postponed matches would be intimated in due course," a statement from the CAB read.
According to news agency PTI, over one lakh dry food packets have been kept ready for air dropping for which two choppers requisitioned

Cyclone Fani is expected to weaken in the next 3 hours

Several trees uprooted in Bhubaneswar as strong winds hit the region

Heavy rains and winds with speeds of up to 175 kmph, cyclonic storm 'Fani' slammed into the Odisha coast Friday morning, uprooting trees and sweeping away thatched huts, as large areas of the seaside pilgrim town of Puri were left submerged, said the news agency PTI.
NDRF team personnel at rescue operations

Over 223 trains cancelled along the Odisha coastline

According to news agency PTI, as many as 223 trains along the Odisha coastline in the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled in view of cyclone Fani, said the Indian Railways. The trains which have been cancelled include the Howrah-Chennai Central Coromandal Express, Patna-Eranakulam Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express and the Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express.

NDRF personnel deployed at Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh
MHA Helpline Number - 1938


People take shelter during gusty winds of Cyclone Fani at Bhubaneswar railway station | Photo credit: PTI

Cyclone Fani likely to move north-northeastwards in 6 hours: IMD

During next six hours, Cyclone Fani is very likely to move north-northeastwards and weaken into a very severe cyclonic storm, said the IMD
In the view of Cyclone Fani's landfall in Odisha, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has cautioned about the imminent damage likely to be caused due to the cyclonic storm and has suggested action and steps to be taken for Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha.
No casualty has so far been reported from any part of Odisha.
Under the impact of the Cyclone Fani, high velocity wind is sweeping across several coastal districts like Ganjam, Puri, Khurda and Gajapati
People take shelter during gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, at Bhubaneswar railway station | Photo credit: PTI
According to PTI's report, Cyclone Fani entered the Odisha coast at Puri around 8 am and it will take around three hours for the entire landfall process to be completed
According to news agency ANI, winds in Puri, Odisha are blowing at a maximum speed of 240-245 km per hour and heavy to very heavy rains are continuing over the Odisha coast. After landfall, the impact is likely to reduce and it is likely to move towards West Bengal coast.
Cyclone Fani's landfall in Puri on Odisha coast this morning triggered heavy rainfall coupled with high velocity winds with speed of 175 kmph in vast areas where the seaside pilgrim town of Puri and other places were submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of the state. Several trees were uprooted and thatched structures destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar.
 

In the wake of the cyclonic storm, the Odisha administration has evacuated over 11 lakh people from the vulnerable districts since Thursday. More than 3 lakh people have been evacuated from Ganjam district alone, followed by 1.3 lakh from Puri district where landfall is expected. About 5000 kitchens are operating to serve people in shelters.

Extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' has hit Odisha coast in Puri with 175 kmph speed: IMD officials
MHA Control Room Helpline Number- 1938 becomes operational to provide latest updates.
According to IMD, Cyclone Fani making a landfall implies that the first arm of the cyclone has reached the land. The eye of the cyclone, which is calm, is nearly 30 kilometres away from the coast.
According to Mritunjay Mohapatra, in-charge of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, "the area along Puri is witnessing winds with a speed of 145 kilometres per hour that could reach up to 180-200 kmph, which could bring an "extensive damage".
Odisha’s emergency helpline numbers for Cyclone Fani

The landfall process of extremely severe Cyclone Fani began nearly at 8 am in the morning close to Puri in Odisha, with the area recording a wind speed of 145 kilometres per hour, the IMD said. Mritunjay Mohapatra, in-charge of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, said the process of landfall will continue for the next three hours.

Cyclone Fani gusting at wind speed of 175-185 kmph

According to IMD, the current wind speed of the Cyclone Fani is 175-185 kmph gusting to 195 kmph. Puri reported maximum sustained wind speed of 142 kmph gusting to 174 kmph at 7:30 am
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has urged the people to stay indoors while 'Fani' cyclone passes away. "All arrangements have been made keeping in view the safety and security of the people," said Patnaik.

Cyclone Fani is billed as the most severe cyclonic storm since 1999

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, Cyclone 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, said PTI report.

A fisherman runs as he ensures to check the safety of fishing boats docked on the beach amidst a stormy weather, in Puri, Odisha | Photo: PTI

Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra appeals to villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas to shift to cyclone shelter house, in Brahmapur | Photo credit: PTI
The landfall process is very likely to continue till afternoon today. After the landfall, the system is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and emerge into Gangetic West Bengal as a "severe cyclonic storm" by the early morning of May 4.

Landfall process of Cyclone Fani begins

Landfall process of Cyclone Fani begins, likely to last for another 3 hours
According to PTI's report, the Odisha government has decided to disconnect the power supply in view of very severe cyclonic storm Fani, when the wind speed reaches 50 kilometres per hour as a precautionary measure for the safety of people and equipment. The state government said that once the wind speed reduces, the power supply shall be restored in a phased manner after the necessary checking of electrical installations.
 
Villagers seen inside a shelter house following evacuations as part of emergency measures taken before cyclone ‘FANI’ makes landfall, in Puri, Odisha | Photo: PTI
This photo provided by the NASA shows a satellite view of Cyclone 'Fani'
Cyclone 'Fani' is moving at a speed of 16 kilometres per hour, the IMD said.

The Government said that 10,000 villages and 52 towns located in 9 districts in Odisha will be affected. Also, the government has already taken action on evacuation. Around 900 cyclone shelters have been made ready to house the evacuees.

Cyclone Fani reaches 80 km from Puri

According to IMD, Cyclone Fani, which is expected to make a landfall at the Odisha coast by Friday forenoon, was nearly 65 kilometres from Gopalpur and 80 kilometres from Puri at 5.30 am. The Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department said the wind speed of the Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani could reach 200-230 kilometres when it makes the landfall.
 
The Indian Navy has deployed three naval ships so that it can launch rescue operation after the cyclone hits the coastline of Odisha and the Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 disaster relief teams at different spots and deployed four ships to handle any exigency.
In view of the storm, the rescue and relief agencies in Odisha are on high alert to render necessary humanitarian assistance. The IMD has cautioned people to not lower guard after the first arm of Cyclone Fani hits the east coast and moves forward, bringing the eye of the storm into the focus which is very calm.
 

Assam, with the help of Northeast Frontier Railway, evacuated many tourists visiting Puri in Odisha since Thursday noon in view of Cyclone Fani.

In view of the severe cyclonic storm Fani, Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Corporation Ltd (APEPDCL) has cautioned public to be more alert regarding any untoward power accidents due to nature's fury, said a PTI article.

According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), flights from Bhubaneswar airport stand "cancelled" on May 3 (Friday) and no flight will depart or arrive at the Kolkata airport between 9.30 pm of May 3 and 6 pm of May 4.

No flights at Bhubaneswar airport on Friday, Suresh Prabhu requests airlines to help

Flights to and from the Bhubaneswar airport have been cancelled for May 3 (Friday) as 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm Fani heads towards Odisha and the east coast, even as Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu Thursday requested airlines to offer assistance in rescue and relief operations.

Odisha govt to evacuate 1.15 million people to safer zones

Odisha is moving 1.15 million people from the impact zone of cyclonic storm Fani making it the largest ever evacuation operation in the country
 
By this evening, the state had moved about 800,000 people to safer locations from the vulnerable pockets as cyclone Fani moved at a quicker pace towards the Puri coast for landfall on Friday morning likely between 8 am and 10 am.
 
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CM Naveen Patnaik visits Special Relief Organisation office

CM Naveen Patnaik visited Special Relief Organisation office to review preparedness, and appealed to people to remain indoors until  #CycloneFani passes & advised all officials to make their best efforts to face the cyclone.
District Administration, Purba Medinipur directs Sub Divisional Officer, Contai, to take immediate measures so that all the tourists leave Digha, Mandarmani, Sankarpur, Tajpur and other tourist spots to avoid any untoward incident due to Cyclone Fani

Kolkata airport will be shut from 9.30 pm on May 3 till 6 pm of May 4

Odisha braces for cyclone Fani

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Villagers seen inside a shelter house following evacuations as part of emergency measures taken before cyclone ‘Fani’ makes landfall, in Puri, Odisha on Thursday | Photo: PTI

Massive evacuation on in Odisha as cyclone 'Fani' rolls

A massive exodus was under way in coastal Odisha as hundreds of thousands of people left their home and hearth, on foot and by vehicles, to escape the fury of cyclone 'Fani' in probably the largest evacuation ahead of a natural disaster in the country.
 
Fani is 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 the state, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JWTC).

After Paradip, now Gopalpur port also suspends operations

Ahead of the impending very severe cyclonic storm, Fani, the port at Gopalpur off the South Odisha coast, has suspended all operations.
 
After Paradip suspended operations earlier, Gopalpur Ports Ltd has become the second port top do so. Paradip, next only to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Port (formerly Kandla) by cargo volumes, had on Tuesday evening announced a temporary halt in operations to ward off any impact from the tropical cyclonic storm to pound Puri's coast in the forenoon of May 3. All cargo loading and unloading operations stand suspended. The loss assessment is yet to be done by the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) authorities.

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No flights will take off from midnight today for the next 24 hrs from Bhubaneswar Airport

Airlines, on Thursday, cancelled flights to and from Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport, due to the impending cyclonic storm Fani Indigo said it would cease operations on Thursday night and Friday.

Airport authorities stated that all 24 Indigo flights scheduled for Friday at Bhubaneswar stood cancelled.

Similarly, GoAir flights, flying in and out of the city airport tomorrow, have also been cancelled. Two flights of GoAir were scheduled to arrive at Bhubaneswar and a similar number were to depart from the city airport.

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If necessary I would visit cyclone affected regions in Andhra: CM N Chandrababu Naidu

All airlines are requested to offer assistance for rescue operations in view of cyclone Fani: Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu

NASA satellites track Fani along Eastern India's coastline

NASA's satellites Aqua and Terra tracked Tropical Cyclone Fani as it continued to move northward along the eastern coast of India. The satellites have been providing infrared, microwave and visible imagery of Fani. Read more
 

'Fani' impact brings rains to north coastal Andhra

Parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh started receiving heavy rains on Thursday as the extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' in the Bay of Bengal neared the coast and was likely to make a landfall near Puri on Odisha on Friday, officials said. Read more
Cyclone Fani: Preparation underway in Bhubaneswar for distribution of relief material packets


25 teams of NDRF deployed in districts which will be affected by cyclone Fani

As many as 25 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the districts which will be affected by the extremely severe cyclonic storm and three more teams are on standby in Bhubaneswar. Similarly, 18 teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) have been dispatched and fire services teams are on standby.
 
 

Odisha to evacuate over 800,000 people from vulnerable areas by today evening

With extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani inching closer to make a land fall in Odisha, the state government has started evacuation of vulnerable population from low lying areas in 13 districts to safer places.
 
The government has targeted to evacuate 0.8 million people by this evening, a notch below of 0.9 million people evacuated during tropical cyclone Phailin that hit the state in 2013.

PM instructs to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations

The Prime Minister has instructed senior officers to maintain close coordination with officers of affected states, to ensure preventive measures, and also to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations, as required.
 
The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, and other senior officials from the IMD, NDRF, NDMA and PMO.

PM reviews preparedness for Cyclone Fani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness for Cyclone Fani.
 
The prime minister was briefed on the likely path of the cyclone, and the ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken, official sources said. Read more

IG Coast Guard East: We have positioned 8 rescue teams, 4 each at Visakhapatnam & Chennai

IG Coast Guard East: We have positioned 8 rescue teams, 4 each at Visakhapatnam & Chennai. We have also kept 2 ships each at Visakhapatnam & Chennai for immediate mobilisation post-cyclone. One Chetak helicopter, each at Chennai & Visakhapatnam is kept ready to provide relief.
According to the weather office, the cyclonic storm is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross the Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri, during May 3 afternoon with a maximum wind speed of 170-180 kmph, said PTI article.

PM Modi chairs a high-level meeting to review preparedness for cyclone Fani

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the PM, Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary and other senior officials from IMD, NDRF, NDMA & PMO etc.
According to a PTI article, about 879 multi-purpose cyclone/flood shelters are kept in readiness for sheltering people to be evacuated from the places affected by the 'Cyclone Fani'.
Due to the cyclonic storm 'Fani', six trains, scheduled to run between the south Indian states and Assam were cancelled on Thursday by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), reported news agency ANI
According to a PTI article, the Ministry of Defence has authorised proactive deployment of resources from Indian Navy and Coast Guard for succour at the time of need.

Suresh Prabhu asks airport authorities to stay alert

According to Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, all authorities concerned have been alerted so that they are ready to deal with cyclone Fani.
At least 14 Odisha districts - Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Khurda, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Gajapati, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar - are likely to bear the brunt of the cyclone, which is also likely to impact Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
People from low-lying and vulnerable areas of coastal districts are being shifted to safe places such as 880 cyclone centres, school and college buildings and other structures.

Massive evacuation operation underway in Odisha

A massive operation has been launched in Odisha to evacuate over eight lakh people from low-lying coastal areas as the extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' moved closer to the eastern coast, a PTI report said. 

National Disaster Management Authority explains what fishermen should do before a cyclone.

Cyclone Fani: Vistara to waive change and cancellation fee for Bhubaneswar and Kolkata flights

Vistara to waive change and cancellation fee for Bhubaneswar and Kolkata flights for travel between May 2 to May 5.

Cyclone Fani likely to cross Odisha coast tomorrow: IMD

"The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani over west central Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 15 kmph and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of May 2 over west central Bay of Bengal about 450 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 230 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 650 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal)," the IMD said in its bulletin.

AAI issues alert to all coastal airports in the view of Cyclone Fani

According to the latest forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JWTC), Fani, is the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999 that devastated large parts of Odisha.

Sudarshan Pattnaik's sand art at Puri beach in Odisha

The sand artist tweeted: Appeal to all Don’t Panic! Stay safe and help each other during #CycloneFani
IMD issued a 'yellow warning' for Odisha coast predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places such as Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh, and Sundargarh."Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places the districts of Boudh, Kalahandi Sambalpur Deogarh and Sundargarh of Odisha," said the IMD.

Cyclone Fani: Follow these 'Do's and don'ts' during cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani: 800,000 to be evacuated today via buses, trains, boats

India will use boats, buses and trains to evacuate 800,000 people along its east coast on Thursday ahead of an approaching cyclone that is forecast to make landfall within 24 hours, officials said.
 
Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani was centred in the west of the Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Office said. The south coast of Odisha was also expected to get heavy to very heavy rainfall on Thursday, it said in a bulletin.
 
The state-run weather office also forecast wind speeds gusting up to 200 kph (125 mph) by Friday. Cyclone tracker Tropical Storm Risk rated Fani a mid-range category 3 storm.

Puri’s Jagannath temple replaces flag to sound alert: Report

Jagannath Temple replaced has the holy flag atop the temple with a four-feet-long variant. For Puri, it was among the first signs of the town bracing for Cyclone Fani, the Indian Express reported.
MHA has assured of all possible help and co-operation to Odisha: Dharmendra Pradhan


Centre has extended advance relief package of ₹340 Crore to help Odisha with relief and rehabilitation preparedness


Cyclone Fani: Leaves of doctors cancelled in Odisha


April cyclones are rare and the track and severity of Fani makes it even rarer

April cyclones are rare and the track and severity of Fani makes it even rarer. In recent times, cyclones have either had unusual timing, like Cyclone Pabuk in January, or they have intensified rapidly before making landfall, like Cyclone Ockhi in 2017 and Cyclone Titli last year.

Cyclone Fani: India suspends operations at Paradip port

India has suspended operations at a major port on its east coast until an impending cyclone makes landfall, a port official in the mineral rich eastern state of Odisha said.
 
"Paradip port operations will be suspended from tonight, all vessels have been told to leave the port," S K Mishra, traffic manager at the port said.

Cyclone Fani: Fishermen Warning

The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas of Southwest & adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal, Southwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, along & off Puducherry, north Tamilnadu & south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 12 hours; over westcentral Bay of Bengal, along & off north Andhra Pradesh Coast till 03 May and over northwest & adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal along & off Odisha and West Bengal coasts till 04 May. 
 
Those, who are out in deep sea above areas are advised to return to the coasts.
 
Damage Expected and Action suggested for Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha.
Extensive damage to all types of kutcha houses, some damage to old badly managed Pucca structures. Potential threat from flying objects. (ii) Extensive uprooting of communication and power poles. (iii) Disruption of rail/road link at several places. (iv) Extensive damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards. (v) Blowing down of Palm and coconut trees. (vi) Uprooting of large bushy trees. (vii) Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.

ONGC evacuates nearly 500 employees before cyclone Fani makes landfall

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has evacuated 480 of its employees from rigs operating in the Bay of Bengal ahead of an impending cyclone that is expected to make landfall on Friday.
 
Sources said ONGC has also moved at least four rigs to safer waters away from the path of severe cyclonic storm Fani.
 
The company had as many as six rigs exploring and drilling for oil and gas off the Andhra coast. Personnel on five of them have been completely evacuated to safer zones, they said.
 
The evacuated rigs include Aban-II (85 personnel), DD-8 (103), Louisiana (83) and Essar Wildcat (87 personnel).
 
A control room has been set up to monitor the situation developing on the eastern coast.

Cyclone Fani: 800,000 to be evacuated in Odisha

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that about eight lakh people would be evacuated in view of "extremely severe" cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to hit the coast in Puri on May 3 afternoon. Chairing a high-level review meeting, he directed to ensure 100 per cent evacuation in the vulnerable areas as every life is precious, and set the goal to achieve zero-casualty.
 
He said about eight lakh people would be evacuated to safer places by Thursday. evening.
 
"I appeal to everyone that the children, women, old and disabled be evacuated first. All precautions have been taken to face the cyclone. We are fully prepared to tackle the cyclone Fani," said Patnaik.
 
The Chief Minister also emphasised on early restoration of power-water supply and road communication in affected areas.

Indian Navy remains standby to be the 'First responder at place of Cyclone crossing coast

Indian Navy ships Sahyadri, Ranvir & Kadmatt with HADR stores onboard will be following the  Cyclone keeping South of the 'Eye of Storm' and remain standby to be the 'First responder at place of Cyclone crossing coast.

Indian Coast Guard implements lessons learned from Cyclone Ockhi

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has taken a series of pre-emptive measures such as deployment of ships with disaster relief material, use of Dornier aircraft to warn fishing boats and special community interaction programmes in coastal areas, according to an official statement.
 
The ICG said it has implemented the lessons learnt from Cyclone Ockhi, which hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts in 2017, to ensure safety of lives at sea.
 
"Fisheries authorities, state authorities and local administration were warned April 23, 2019, onwards for precautionary measures," the ICG said in its statement.

Cyclone Fani: Naidu writes to EC, seeks relaxation of code of conduct in four districts of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Election Commission requesting relaxation of the model code of conduct in four districts in the wake of the cyclone Fani.
 
Citing the forecast made by the meteorological department and completion of elections in the state, Naidu said, "The cyclone is going to be a super cyclone with wind speed expected to be around 200 Km per hour. In view of this, four districts of Andhra Pradesh- East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam are to be kept on high alert."
 
Recalling the devastation caused in the state by cyclones in the past, Naidu said, "To mobilize human and material resources and taking other preventive steps, the model code of conduct should be relaxed in the four districts.

Fani located around 225 kms south-southeast of Visakhapatnam

List of trains cancelled due to cyclone Fani


Tourists advised to leave Puri by today evening

Cyclone Fani: Railways cancels 43 trains scheduled to run between Howrah and Puri

The South Eastern Railway has cancelled 43 trains scheduled to run between Howrah and Puri, and other destinations in south India over the next two days.
 
The SER has cancelled 17 trains bound for south India and Puri. It has also decided to cancel 26 trains originating from south India, an SER official said.

Heavy rainfall warning in Andhra Pradesh on account of cyclone Fani

Light to moderate rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram Districts and isolated heavy to extremely heavy falls (>20 cm) over Srikakulam district on 2nd May and with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Srikakulam district on 3rd May. 

Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI about 450 km south-southwest of Puri at 5:30 am

North-east India is likely to receive heavy rains and witness strong winds by May 5

According to Skymet, north-east India is likey to receive heavy rains and witness strong winds by May 5.

Currently, a Cyclonic Circulation is persisting over Assam and adjoining areas. Humid winds from the Bay of Bengal are feeding moisture to the northeastern states. Thus, rains have increased over the areas and good rains would continue till May 2. Thereafter, there can be a slight dip in the intensity of rains as Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani would move over North Bay of Bengal and the winds would converge around the system. Thus, leading to decrease in moisture content over Northeast India.

Mahesh Palawat, vice president Meteorology and climate Change at Skymet tweeted radar picture of cyclone Fani

Mahesh Palawat, vice president Meteorology and climate Change at Skymet tweeted radar picture of cyclone Fani
 
"Eye of Fani Cyclone visible," he tweeted.

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