New Delhi, May 3 : The very severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is likely to continue to move North-North Eastwards and weaken further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next nine hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here on Friday. The cyclonic storm made its landfall on Odisha’s coastal areas at around 8 am with initial wind speed at 50 kmph which became severe 170-180 kmph at many places in coastal Odisha. According to IMD, the Bhubaneswar airport reported maximum sustained wind speed of 92 kmph gusting to 130 kmph at 1130 hrs on Friday.
As per the latest IMD bulletin at 1330 hrs, the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened in to a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ and lay centred at near Latitude 20.4 degrees North and longitude 86.0 degrees East over coastal Odisha about 25 km to East-northeast of Bhubaneswar and 10 km to the Southeast of Cuttack. The Union Home Ministry emergency helpline number 1938 and Odisha’s helpline number 06742534177 have been activated.
All flights and 147 train have been cancelled in the coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. The Post Graduate examination of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been postponed. As per the latest report, the Bhubaneswar airport has witnessed destruction due to the cyclone. NDRF has pre-positioned its 54 rescue and relief teams along the seacoast and in flood-prone areas of Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar islands, Jharkhand, Kerala and Odisha. The Indian Navy will press in to services PI-8 and Dornier aircraft to assess the damage in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh once the cyclonic storm loses its severity. (UNI)