The state is gearing up to brace a tropical cyclone ‘Fani’ which has been predicted to hit near Puri district on May 3 before 10 AM.
Earlier, the tropical cyclone which was moving at a speed of 7 km per hour now has finally gained momentum and is nearing the Odisha coastline moving north-eastwards at a speed of 16 km per hour lying centered around 360 kilometers from Puri.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’(pronounced as Foni) named by Bangladesh during landfall is expected to hit at speeds of 170 to 180 kilometers per hour with gusting speeds probable to reach over 200 kilometers per hour. The cyclone’s trajectory is expected to move further towards north or north-eastwards after landfall.
Rain has already lashed in some parts of Odisha like Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati and other places under ‘Fani’s’ influence.
Some places in Andhra Pradesh like Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Vishakhapatnam have also received rainfall.
The Odisha government has started evasive actions against the extremely severe cyclonic storm. Around 25,000 people have already been transferred to safer locations around 10 AM on Thursday and around 8 lakh people remain to be evacuated.
Meanwhile, train and flight services have been cancelled in the eastern coastline and the Odisha state government has arranged special trains for tourists from Puri around 3PM and 6PM to move them to safer locations in the state.
Disaster Relief teams such as NDRF, ODRAF have been deployed and armed forces have been on high alert.
The state government has also asked the telecom operators to provide uninterrupted mobile services even at 200 kilometers per hours after landfall.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places such as Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sundargarh.
Water level is predicted to surge at around 1.5 metres. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has been alerted for evacuationary purposes.
Odisha has been given ‘yellow’ warning by the IMD and Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have also been informed to remain on alert.
Fishing activities and venturing into the Bay of Bengal has been barred by the government.