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Cyclone Fani | 81 flights cancelled across Northeast, Met dept predicts widespread rainfall

The Districts Of Nadia, Murshidabad --- Where The Cyclone Passed Through --- Has Been Experiencing Rainfall Since Friday Night With Light Winds.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 04 May 2019, 10:45:40 PM
Pedestrians cover themselves with plastic sheets as they walk across the Howrah Bridge during the rain. (Photo: PTI)

Pedestrians cover themselves with plastic sheets as they walk across the Howrah Bridge during the rain. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi:

Cyclone Fani entered Bangladesh at noon on Saturday after hitting West Bengal post-midnight on Saturday, hours after making  landfall in Puri wreaking havoc in the coastal districts of Odisha. The worst cyclonic storm in decades, Fani uprooted trees and triggered rains as it entered West Bengal through Kharagpur. No loss of life or any injury has been reported so far. It has been raining in Kolkata since early morning and will continue till Sunday afternoon. The districts of Nadia, Murshidabad --- where the cyclone passed through --- has been experiencing rainfall since Friday night with light winds. The Indian Railways will run special trains for helping stranded passengers.

“The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 am through Odisha’s Balasore. It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph,” Regional Meteorological Centre’s Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, said as quoted by news agencies.

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Airports Authority of India (AAI), North Eastern Regional Headquarters, today announced that 81 flights have been cancelled across parts of Northeast India because of Cyclone Fani.


NDRF: 65 rescue and relief teams of the NDRF are pre-positioned in  various parts of the vulnerable states. Odisha (44 teams), West Bengal (nine teams), Andhra Pradesh (three teams), one team each in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland,  Meghalaya and two teams each in Jharkhand, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.

Airports Authority of India, North Eastern Regional Headquarters: 59 flights cancelled in Guwahati, 8 in Agartala, 2 in Dimapur, 2 in Lilabari, 4 in Dibrugarh, 6 in Imphal.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik: A record of 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours, 3.2 lakh from Ganjam, 1.3 lakh from Puri & almost 7000 kitchens catering to 9000 shelters were made functional overnight. This mammoth exercise involved more than 45,000 volunteers. According to our latest reports, deaths are in single digit.



Air India  has announced an additional flight for passengers stranded due to Fani in Odisha. A flight for Delhi from Bhuwaneswar will be operated at 3 pm and another one at 5.45 pm. Passengers who have valid Air India tickets may reach the airport, the airlines said.

Pradeep Kumar Rana, DIG Operations,NDRF: Cyclone Fani has weakened & is covering areas of West Bengal in the form of cyclone. It is further moving towards Bangladesh. The situation is under control and there is not much damaging effect. 9 teams of NDRF are present in West Bengal.



"Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani," PM Modi said in a tweet.

"Spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Ji and discussed situation prevailing due to Cyclone Fani. Assured continuous support from Central Government in the wake of the cyclone. Entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected by the cyclone in different parts of the state," the PM said. PM Modi also said he will visit Odisha on Monday to take stock of the situation.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the governor of the state, Keshari Nath Tripathi, on Saturday about the ground situation after Cyclone Fani. During his conversation with Tripathi, the prime minister reiterated the Centre’s readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the extremely severe cyclonic storm. “Also conveyed my solidarity with the people of Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Fani,” Modi said in a tweet.

Air India: To re commence operations at Kolkata airport at 09.45 am.

IMD: Severe Cyclone Fani weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centered at 60 km NW of Kolkata at 5.30 am of May 4. It will weaken into a deep depression and move into Bangladesh by noon.



Rains in Kolkata:



West Bengal: Clearing of uprooted trees from the road underway in Digha, weather clear.


Indian Coast Guard ships and helicopter deployed off Odisha Coast continue to look for marooned fishing boats at sea if any, Haldia dock operational as of now.



Flights on the Bhubaneshwar sector or passing through Bhubaneshwar will  resume at 1 pm today. However, airlines operating flights on the Bhubaneshwar sector will have to remain on alert depending on the weather.



Metro trains in Kolkata still running at half capacity as mentioned on Friday.

Trains are still being tied to railway tracks. Other train services like local trains have resumed (some trains only).

Several trains heading to Odisha remain cancelled.

Flights from Kolkata airport is expected to resume at 8 am. Airport authorities will have to bear the backlog of cancelled and rescheduled flights for the next 24 hours of flights.

The West Bengal electricity board disconnected power lines to prevent any untoward situation as the storm passed through the coastal districts. (Photo: PTI)


In the sea resort town of Digha, the win speed reached 70 kmph in some areas, in Frazerganj the wind velocity was between 60 and 70 kmph. 

The epicentre of the storm is expected to hit the city in the early on Saturday and rains are expected to continue till Saturday.

Cyclone Fani lashed cities and towns in coastal Bengal including Digha, Mandarmani, Tajpur, Sandehskhali and Contai.

It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph.

The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 am through Odisha’s Balasore. 

The districts of Nadia, Murshidabad --- where the cyclone passed through --- has been experiencing rainfall since Friday night with light winds. (Photo: PTI)


It has been raining in Kolkata since early morning and will continue till Sunday afternoon. 

No loss of life or any injury has been reported so far.

Cyclone Fani hit West Bengal post-midnight on Saturday, hours after making a landfall in Puri wreaking havoc in the coastal districts of Odisha. 

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First Published : 04 May 2019, 08:01:06 AM