Dos and Donts During A Cyclone

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Cyclone Fani

The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm 'FANI' is over West central Bay of Bengal. Fani is centered near Latitude 15.9°N and  Longitude 84.4°E, about 430 km south-southwest of Puri, Odisha, 210 km south-southeast of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and 630 km south-southwest of Digha, West Bengal.

Extremely severe cyclone Fani would continue to move north/northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast near Satpada and Balukhand area in Puri district during afternoon on May 3. At the time of landfall, the maximum sustained wind speed would be to the tune of 170-180 Kmph gusting to 200 Kmph.

Cyclone Fani is likely to affect a total of 19 districts in the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. State and national authorities have already put Odisha on alert against inclement weather conditions, particularly in 12 districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Gopalpur, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Paradip and Balasore.

Here is a list of dos and don’ts during a cyclone:

People are advised to stay indoors, particularly children and not to venture out as high tides due to heavy rains may surge.

People in low-lying areas should move to safer zones. Do not stay in house, when asked to leave by the officials.

People in relief shelters should not leave the premises till the rescuers advised to do so.

Everyone is advised to keep a stock of adequate food, medicines and drinking water at home and use them wisely.

Keep your mobile phones and emergency lights charged.

If needed, rush to relief centres.

Avoid using personal vehicles.

Plan accordingly for the possibility of power disruption. Do not panic. Stay calm.

Avoid loose or dangling wires from lamp posts.

Be updated from TV and radio about the latest weather warnings and advisories during the cyclone.

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