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Cyclone Fani | Odisha braces for cyclonic storm, 103 trains cancelled so far

Puri District Administration Has Advised Tourists To Leave The City By The Evening Of May 2.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 01 May 2019, 11:51:04 PM
Cyclone 'Fani' has intensified into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' and it will cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said. (Photo: Twitter/@airnewsalerts)

Cyclone 'Fani' has intensified into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' and it will cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said. (Photo: Twitter/@airnewsalerts)

New Delhi:

Cyclone 'Fani' has intensified into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' and it will cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday even as it issued a 'yellow warning' for Odisha coast predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places such as Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh, and Sundargarh."Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places the districts of Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sundargarh of Odisha," said the IMD. Puri district administration has advised tourists to leave the city by the evening of May 2. Non-essential travel may be cancelled, during 3- 4 May, to the likely affected district, the district administration said. All leaves of doctors and health staff in Odisha have been cancelled up to 15 May. Those who are on leave have been asked to report back to respective headquarters by Wednesday evening.

Here are the LIVE updates:

22 more trains have been cancelled by East Coast Railway; total 103 trains have been cancelled so far.

On 2 May, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in south coastal districts, also very heavy rains expected in Puri, Khurda, Koraput and Kandhamal districts. On 3 May, all coastal districts to receive very heavy rainfall: HR Biswas, Director, Met Dept, Bhubaneswar

Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air Stations, INS Dega and INS Rajali to undertake aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material, as required by the State Administration: Southern Command of Indian Army

Ships at Visakhapatnam are standing-by with relief material for immediate deployment to most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief operation. Diving and medical teams are kept ready augmenting rescue and relief efforts in Andhra and Odisha.

East Coast Railways has issued advisory to cancel or regulate trains which might get affected due to Fani Cyclone. The section between Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Puri-Visakhapatnam will be cleared so that there will be no train in the section during extreme situation.

Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air Stations, INS Dega and INS Rajali to undertake aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material, as required by the State Administration: Eastern Naval Command


According to the latest updates, Cyclone Fani is now around 680 km south-southwest of Puri and 430 km off the coast of Vishakhapatnam. The cyclone is moving towards Odisha at a speed of 10 kmph and is likely to move north-northwestwards till noon on Thursday, after which it will recurve north-northeastwards, Odisha TV reported.

All state universities and colleges coming under administrative control of Higher Education Dept & located in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore & Mayurbhanj districts will remain closed from 2nd May to 4th May

EC approves proposal of lifting of provisions of Model Code of Conduct in districts of Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack&Jajpur to facilitate speedy rescue, relief&restoration activities to face cyclonic storm Fani.

Congress has fielded some candidates to cut into BJP's vote share in UP says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.


Teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force gear up to face cyclonic storm Fani. The teams left for Bhadrak at 12 pm today from state capital Bhubaneswar.











Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on #FaniCyclone : We are prepared for the cyclone. Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam is ready, all necessary measures have been taken. In coordination with state govt of Andhra Pradesh & Odisha, we are ready for the cyclone.



According to local media, principal secretary Sanjeev Chopra will look after the relief and restoration work in Cuttack. In Jagatsinghpur, IAS officer Saswat Mishra will oversee preparations; Kisan Kumar in Khurda; Hemant Padhi in Kendrapada; and Premchandra Choudhary in Balasore.

Puri district administration has advised tourists to leave the city by the evening of May 2. Non-essential travel may be cancelled, during 3- 4 May, to the likely affected district, the district administration said.

The India Meteorological Department issued a 'yellow warning' for Odisha coast predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places such as Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh, and Sundargarh.

Cyclone 'Fani' has intensified into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' and it will cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali by Friday afternoon.

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First Published : 01 May 2019, 01:31:40 PM