NEWS / FANI / ODISHA
UPDATE: Landfall reported in Puri…at 8am …
UPDATE: Over 230 trains at Calutta’s Howrah Station, the biggest station in the country, cancelled for the day in anticipation of the cyclonic storm.
Airport in Kolkata remains closed from 3pm Friday up until afternoon on Saturday in view of the cyclonic storm. Bhubaneswar airport closed since Thursday night.
BHUBANESWAR: The severe cyclonic storm, Fani, hit Odisha’s coast at 8am Friday morning, the weather office has reported. Several districts began experiencing torrential rain and storm since early this morning, officials said.
“The landfall started at 8am near Puri, Odisha, and the storm is having a wind speed of 185km per hour…The process is expected to continue for the next two hours,” IMD officials stated.
The state administration headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is keeping a close watch of the situation, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a special meet of senior officials including cabinet secretary to take stock of the situation and expedite rescue and relief measures.
Officials in Odisha said over 11lakh inhabitants of coastal areas have been evacuated, thanks to the timely predictions about the progress of Fani through the Bay of Bengal. Among them, over 3lakh have been evacuated from Ganjam, 1.3lakh from Puri, etc… They have been put up in schools and government buildings, with some 5,000 kitchens being made operational. —IHN-NN
BHUBANESWAR: Odisha is set to bear the brunt of Cyclone Fani, which was approaching the eastern shoreline with huge ferocity Friday morning. The storm was just 65km away from Gopalpur, at the southern end of Odisha and 80km from the pilgrim town of Puri in further north, some 75km from here, the weather office has said.
Puri is the seat of Lord Jagannath and Gopalpur is a tourism and fishing town.
Weather office said this morning that the cyclonic storm was anticipated to hit the coast with a windspeed of 170 to 200km, within a matter of a couple of hours. While its immediate impact will be on eight districts in Odisha, some northern districts of Andhra Pradesh will also be hit. A day later, it could reach upto West Bengal and cause havoc.
The cyclonic storm is anticipated to hit the coast with a windspeed of 170 to 200km, within a matter of a couple of hours. While its immediate impact will be on eight districts in Odisha, some northern districts of Andhra Pradesh will also be hit. A day later, it could reach upto West Bengal and cause havoc.
The Odisha government in coordination with central disaster relief and rescue experts made elaborate arrangements including eviction of lakhs of people from vulnerable areas. The Bhubaneswar airport remains shut since last night, and port operations at Paradip and elsewhere in the eastern sector have been stopped for now. Torrential rains, storm and flooding besides large-scale fall of trees and disruption to electricity are anticipated. IHN-NN
HISTORY OF CYCLONIC HITS ON ODISHA..EAST COAST…
Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states are prone to cyclone hits… Bay of Bengal being treacherous in this respect…. Some 25 of the world’s worst 35 cyclonic storms were headed through Bay of Bengal.
The GREAT ORISSA CYCLONE of 1999 was by far the worst…It killed about 10,000 people…after its landfall on October 19, with a wind-speed of 155miles per hour… waves rising as high as 8 metre. It earned the name Super Cyclonic Storm.
Hurricane hunter Jeff Masters had recorded that some 42 per cent of the tropical cyclone related deaths in the past two centuries have occurred in Bangladesh and 27 per cent in India.
The worst cyclonic storm in the region was the Great Boha Cyclone of November 12-13, 1970 that hit Bangladesh, India and Burma (now Myanmar) and killed as high as three lakh to five lakh people. Advance warning sytems were not operational in those times. Waves came at a height of 40feet.
The last major cyclone hit on the eastern coast, targeting Odisha, was Cyclone Phailin which formed on October 4, 2013 and made landfall on October 12, 2013 near the Gopalpur in Odisha. The human casualties were to the minimum, less than 50, thanks to advance warning from Met and effective management of the situation by the Naveen Patnaik government. Phailin formed near Thailand, and moved towards the Indian coast. — IHN-NN
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