Cyclone Fani that formed by the depression in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean would make it’s landfall. The cyclone categorised as “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm” will hit India with wind speeds up to 200 kilometers per hour. It’s the second most worst cyclonic storm in 118 years to hit India.
The coastal states of Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are on high alert. Cyclone Fani is expected to hit the Odisha coast by the 3rd of May.
HR Biswas, director of Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar said, “The cyclone will move along the coast of Odisha and go to West Bengal. We have suggested suspension and diversion of railway traffic and advised people to remain indoor”. The state of Odisha has been put on yellow alert.
The Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations. Units of the Air Force in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal have been put on standby. Close to 897 shelter camps have been set up to accommodate one million people in Odisha.
Besides the Navy and Air Force, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) too have deployed 41 teams at areas considered to be vulnerable, 8 in Andhra Pradesh, 28 in Odisha and 5 in West Bengal. The NDRF has also kept on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh.
Fishermen along these coasts have been advised not to venture into the seas, and anyone are already out there were asked to return to the coast immediately. The centre on tuesday ordered release of Rs. 1,086 crore for the four states.
Source : Various