Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani over West-Central and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal is now gradually moving closer to the Indian coast. Rains have, strong winds have already started appearing along the coastal stations.
Check out ten latest developments on Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani:
- Fani is presently is centered near Latitude 13.9°N and Longitude 84°E, about 660 Km south-southwest of Puri, Odisha and 410 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
- It would continue to move in the northwest direction parallel to the East Coast during the next 12 hours. Thereafter, re-curving north-northeastwards and hitting the Odisha coast. It is likely to make landfall at Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by the noon hours of May 3 as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm.
- At the time of crossing the coast, coastal areas would see heavy to extremely heavy rains along with damaging winds with speed to the tune of 175-185 Kmph gusting up to 205 kmph. Sea surge would be high between 10 ft and 15 ft above the astronomical tide, leading to flooding.
- Districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, and Balasore would bear the maximum brunt of Cyclone Fani in terms of inundation in the low lying areas, extensive damage to kutcha houses, uprooting of trees, snapping of communication and power poles, disruption of rail and road link at several places.
- Crop Damage: Widespread damage to standing crops, plantations and orchards. Blowing down of Palm and coconut trees, falling of green coconuts and tearing of palm fronds.
- Complete suspension of fishing activities, movement in motor boats and small ships. Fishermen advised not to venture out in open waters for at least next three days. People near the coast are strongly advised to stay indoors at the time of landfall.
- Election Commission in Odisha on Tuesday lifted up the model code of conduct in 11 districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack and Jajpur in order carry out rescue and relief operations.
- In West Bengal, districts like east and west Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Kolkata would be at maximum risk. Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh, Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts might see some damage.
- All three forces Army, Air Force and Navy on stand by for joint operations across to be affected states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. The Coast Guard have also deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations.
- The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has moved 41 teams- 8 in Andhra Pradesh, 28 in Odisha and 5 in West Bengal. 13 teams are on standby in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh. Evacuation process in Odisha to begin by May 2. 879 multipurpose cyclone shelters ready and can accommodate around one million people.
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