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May 06, 2019 / 08:33 AM IST

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.
  • May 05, 2019 / 08:34 PM IST

    States which have offered contribution to Odisha for relief and rehabilitation efforts:

    Tamil Nadu: Rs 10 crore. 

    Maharashtra: Rs 10 crore. 

    Uttar Pradesh: Rs 10 crore 

    Gujarat: Rs 5 crore 

    Chhattisgarh: Rs 11 crore 

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    16 dead in Odisha, massive restoration work mounted

    The death toll rose to 16 in Odisha yesterday as the government mounted a massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas ravaged by the storm that pounded coastal parts of the state, affecting nearly one crore people.

    The toll due to Cyclone Fani, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 16 yesterday -- four deaths in Mayurbhanj district, 3 each in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Jajpur; and 1 each in Keonjhar, Nayagarh and Kendrapara, officials said. (PTI)

  • May 05, 2019 / 07:23 AM IST

    Not much damage by in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

    Except for damaging a few huts, Cyclone Fani did not cause much havoc in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said as the severe cyclonic storm weakened on May 4 morning and headed towards neighbouring Bangladesh.

    While flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am, train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections are also getting back to normal.

    The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) resumed its routine operation on May 4 morning at both Haldia and Kolkata docks.