Cyclone Fani: 8 lakh people to be evacuated in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said eight lakh people would be evacuated in view of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to make landfall in Puri on May 3 afternoon.

He directed to ensure 100% evacuation in the vulnerable areas.

Reviewing the cyclone preparedness here, the Chief Minister emphasised on early restoration of power water supply and road communication in affected areas.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that FANI is expected to touch Odisha coast south of Puri on the afternoon of 3rd May with wind speeds ranging up to 180 kmph causing heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of the State.

The storm is likely to impact coastal districts of Odisha including Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore. In West Bengal, districts of East & West Medinipur, South & North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogly, Jhargram and Kolkata alongwith Srikakulam, Vijayanagram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh are likely to be affected.

IMD also warned of storm surge of about 1.5 meter height which may inundate low lying coastal areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.