Cyclone Fani Leaves 12 Dead In Odisha

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Bhubaneshwar: Cyclonic storm Fani has left 12 dead in parts of Odisha. Major restoration and relief work has been launched on war-footing on Saturday in 10,000 villages and urban areas, as per the officials.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamped towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, they said.

The death toll due to the calamity, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 12 with four fresh casualties reported from Mayurbhanj district, the officials said, adding, detailed information from many areas was still awaited.

All the four people were killed after uprooted trees fell on them at different places in Baripada, the emergency officer of Mayurbhanj district, SK Pati, said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed the prevailing situation in the aftermath of the cyclone’s landfall in the coastal state.

The prime minister assured continuous support from the central government. “Spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Ji and discussed the situation prevailing due to Cyclone Fani. Assured continuous support from the Central Government … The entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected by the cyclone in different parts,” Modi said in a tweet.

The cyclone, after the landfall, passed through Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore before entering West Bengal, the SRC said, adding, Bhubaneswar city was hit by high velocity winds of around 140 kmph.

Telecommunication lines got snapped in several parts of the state capital and other areas.

Summer crops, orchards and plantations also suffered huge damage, he said. Around 220 trains on the Howrah-Chennai route have been cancelled in view of passengers’ safety, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said.