Fani gets ferocious; Approaches Odisha, WB, TN, AP
Authorities in Odisha are evacuating tourists and local residents of Puri as India’s ferocious summertime cyclone, Fani, approaches Odisha by Friday afternoon with a wind speed up to 205 kmph.
It is likely to pass through Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Balasore districts before entering into West Bengal. Parts of Bengaluru also received moderate to heavy rainfall on Tuesday evening owing to the impact of FANI over Bay of Bengal.
The cyclone will also leave its distinct mark on Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, and Jatsinghpur districts of Odisha, East and West Mednipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogly and Kolkata districts of West Bengal, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh. Reports say the National Disaster Response Force and the Coast Guard are on high alert and the Met has issued a “yellow warning” for the Odisha coast predicting heavy to very rain in several areas.
The centre has ordered an advance release of Rs 1,086 crore for the four likely-to-be affected states. The states could suffer extensively which could include uprooting of communication and power poles, disruption of rail and road links, damage to the standing crops and plantations, etc. While Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 200.25 crore, Odisha will be given Rs 340.87, Rs 309.37 crore for Tamil Nadu and Rs 235.50 crore for West Bengal.
As a precautionary measure, all educational institutes will remain closed in Odisha till further orders.