Extremely Severe Cyclone FANI’s updates, Strategies and Information – Best In Odisha
Cyclone Fani, pronounced as ‘Foni’ which has formed in the Bay Of Bengal (Bangopsagar), is expected to make a landfall in Odisha on 3rd May, Friday at 11.30 AM in south Puri. The word Fani means Snake and this name was suggested by Bangladesh.
It is predicted that the cyclone will be transforming into an “Extremely Severe Cyclone ” or category-IV cyclone like Hudhud, which hit Vishakhapatnam in 2014 and said to be the strongest cyclone in 43 years with a wind speed of up to 200KMPH. The weather department has issued a “yellow weather warning” in Costal Odisha which cautions people of a severely bad weather over next few days.
Cyclone Fani is the strongest Cyclonic storm will definitely make its impact on Odisha and Bengal. High alert has also been sounded in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
From the latest updates on May 1, it is stated that this Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is situated at around 570 KM south- southwest to Puri and 390 KM south-southwest to Vishakhapatnam coast.
Extremely Severe Cyclone FANI is moving towards Odisha at a speed of 10KM per hour. According to IMD, Fani is likely to cross Odisha coast between the coast of Gopalpur and Chandbali near Puri. The speed of this cyclone is likely to remain 175 KMPH to 185 KMPH puffing up to 200KMPH. As per the Prediction of IMD, there is already started heavy rainfall in some areas of Odisha.
It is forecasted that there will be heavy to very heavy rain fall on May 2 in Puri, Khurdha, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal districts of Odisha. “This cyclonic storm will cause widespread damage to houses, crops, power lines, communication poles and roads”, said the IMD (India Metrological Department). The Navy, the Coast Guard and the National Disaster Resonse Force are already on high alert.
As per the report, the CM of Odisha stated that Odisha’s 879 multipurpose cyclone shelters have been kept ready and these shelters can give accommodation to 1 million people during cyclones and floods. “I appeal to each and everyone that the children, old and disabled and the women be shifted first.
All precautions have been taken to face the cyclone ‘Fani’ ”, says Mr Naveen Patnaik. He directed to ensure 100 percent shifting in the ill-protected and endangered areas because each and every life is precious. He also said that about 8 lakh people would be evacuated to safer places by Thursday, may 2 evening.
Some major universities of Odisha like Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) of Rourkela, Revenshaw University of Cuttack and Utkal Univeristy of Bhubaneswar have postponed the timetable of semester examinations due to the impending severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ in Odisha.
As the cyclone is likely to cross early between North Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha on Thursday, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has suspended services of Trains between Khurdha and Vizianagaram from both the directions on Wednesday til further advice. “ 8 trains have been cancelled and services of 9 others partially terminated while 18 trains have been diverted and 4 rescheduled as safety of passengers is our top most priority”, said Chief PRO of ECoR Mr. JP Mishra.
The Centre has released Rs. 1086 crore to the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) as advance funds for undertaking preventive and relief measures to deal with cyclone ‘Fani’. Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh will receive Rs 340.87 crore, Rs 309.37 crore, Rs 235.50 crore and Rs 200.25 crore respectively from the sanctioned amount.