Kolkata: TMC candidate from Jadavpur Mimi Chakraborty had to cancel her plans to visit Puri to offer prayers to Lord Jagannathdeb. Mimi had purchased flight tickets too but had to cancel it at the last minute due to cyclone Fani.
Taking permission from the party, Mimi was supposed to go to Puri with her parents for 3 days on May 2. There she had planned to give puja at Jagannathdeb temple. She had bought tickets of Kolkata-Bhubaneshwar flight. She also purchased flight tickets on May 4 to return to Kolkata. Mimi had also cancelled her programme rally with Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday.
But due to the dangerous cyclonic storm Fani, she had to cancel it and spend her time in her flat.
The very severe cyclonic storm weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over the Odisha coast, before moving further north-northeastwards and entering West Bengal through Kharagpur in West Midnapore around 12:30 am.
A senior official said apart from a few mud houses collapsing and tress falling, there were no reports of casualties from any of the districts.
Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim, along with senior engineers of the civic body and local councillors, was on a night-long vigil in and around the city to keep a tab on the situation.
Meanwhile, flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9:57am on Saturday, an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said. Flight services were suspended at the airport from 3 pm on Friday.
Train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections were also getting back to normal, the officials said.
Five people were injured when a portion of the roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night in the central part of the city’s Beniatola Lane, the police said.
The West Bengal government had taken precautionary measures in East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Pargana districts, besides Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans.
The cyclone barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses and swamping towns and villages.