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May 06, 2019 08:33 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Cyclone Fani Highlights: Trains originating from Bhubaneswar resume normal services

Live updates of Cyclone Fani and its aftermath.

"Extremely severe" Cyclone Fani closed in on India’s eastern coast and is expected to make landfall tomorrow, May 3.

Catch the latest updates of the Cyclone and the aftermath here.

Authorities across Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are gearing up with the assistance of the Centre to avoid loss of life and damage.

At least 19 districts in the three states are likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm. It is expected to make landfall south of Puri, Odisha on May 3 afternoon with wind speeds ranging up to 180 kilometres per hour (kmph), causing heavy rainfall in the coastal districts.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the storm may surge about 1.5 metres in height and may impact low-lying coastal areas of Odisha’s Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts at the time of landfall.

The IMD has issued a “yellow warning” for the Odisha coast and suggested total suspension of fishing activities, extensive evacuation from coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic.

Around 900 cyclone shelters have been made ready to house evacuees.

About 8 lakh people are expected to be evacuated from low-lying areas of 14 districts in Odisha to cyclone shelters, safer schools and college buildings.

The state governments have issued advisories and are ensuring that fishermen do not venture into the sea.

The IMD has been issuing bulletins every three hours with the latest forecast to all the states concerned.
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