Kolkata: Cyclone Fani moved closer, the West Bengal government sounded an alert in coastal East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas districts, asking tourists to leave seaside destinations and directing fishermen not to venture into the sea. All tourists advised to leave Digha, West Bengal by 12 noon today.
Relief operation by NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) is underway in Kotturu Mandal of Srikakulam which received rain and experienced strong winds after Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha.
Severe cyclonic storm Fani is approaching and becoming more powerful every minute. High alert has already been sounded in West Bengal and Odisha. The WB administration have taken special measures and have put Kolkata andother coastal areas on high alert. A control room has been opened in Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Nabanna has ordered to work in an emergency like situation if any untoward situation arises.
The fishermen have been warned against going into the sea. Control room has been started at Digha estuary. Those in the sea have been asked to come back. Fishermen have been alerted from going into the rivers too. The fishermen are on standby with their boats at Digha estuary, Tajpur and Shankarpur.