Cyclone FANI: Storm Heading Towards B’desh, Rain To Continue On Saturday

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  • The cyclone FANI, one of the storms to strike Indian subcontinent in decades, uprooted trees and fostered rain as it entered West Bengal on Saturday midnight.

  • As per the Meteorological Department, Kolkata, the extremely severe cyclonic storm weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into ‘very severe’. No loss of life and major injury sounded so far.
  • All amusement park under Kolkata Municipal Corporation have closed. South City Mall has closed for such weather condition.
  • Many trains have been cancelled from Howrah railway station on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Cyclone FANI strengthening its entry towards West Bengal. Bengal Government and Kolkata Municipal Corporation issues alert for people.
  • Met office predicted that Cyclone FANI is 100 km away from Digha, 340 km from Kolkata.
  •  As a measure to take control on severe cyclonic storm Fani, Indian Navy set to use P-81 and Dornier aircraft in the afternoon for an aerial survey to assess the intensity and impact and devastation post-FANI crossing the coast.
  • No flight operations at Kolkata Airport from 3 pm today to 8 am tomorrow
  • NDRF team deployed at Digha evacuated total 132 people, including 52 children, from Dattapur and Tajpur. They have been taken to a shelter.
  • One person died due to uproot of trees in Sakhigopal area of Puri.
  • Intense spell of rainfall very likely over Kolkata and in neighbouring areas from 10.30am.
  • CycloneFani makes landfall in Odisha’s Puri district.
  • Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 Disaster Relief Teams at Vizag, Chennai, Paradip, Gopalpur, Haldia, Frazergunj and Kolkata besides four Coast Guard ships at Vizag and Chennai
  • Visuals from coastal town of Digha in West Bengal as CycloneFani is expected to make landfall in Odisha’s Puri district by 11 am. According to the Met Dept, the impact of landfall process has begun.
  • NDRF personnel in Odisha’s Paradip vacate the area as strong winds and rain hit the coast
  • Strong winds and rainfall hit Puri. CycloneFani is expected to make a landfall in Puri district today. Visuals from near Puri Beach.
  • It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and emerge into Bangladesh on 4 May evening as a Cyclonic Storm.
  • South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) will operate about 50 Buses from Digha on 3rd May to evacuate the stranded tourists at Digha to minimise inconvenience caused due to suspension of train operations to Digha on that day.

Kolkata: Heavy rainfall started since night in Two Midnapore districts due to Cyclone Fani. Fishermen prohibited from venturing into the sea, asked to vacate the seashore & move to relief centre. Fisherman Sujit Muiya says, “We’re scared. Safety is our priority but once cyclone goes away, we’ll need to earn money. Can’t bear damage of my fishing net.”

Cyclone Fani is very likely to cross Odisha Coast b/w Gopalpur&Chandbali, south of Puri during 3rd May forenoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph. Landfall process is very likely to continue till noon of 3rd May.