Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2019

Cyclone Fani to landfall Odisha, Bengal, Tamil, Andhra Friday noon

Cyclone Fani would be carrying a maximum speed of 175-185 km/h on Friday afternoon while crossing Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri, said Indian Meteorological Department.

Issuing warning for several districts in West Bengal, Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh the department added that the cyclone is likely to intensify into extremely severe cyclonic storm by Wednesday morning.

Only one storm formed in the month of April over Bay of Bengal between 1891 and 2017 crossed Indian mainland. Fani could be the second one.

Meanwhile, the Centre has ordered an advance fund release for four states – West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Re 235.50 crore has been sanctioned for West Bengal, Rs 309.37 for Odisha, Rs 234.50 crore for Tamil Nadu and Rs 200.25 crore for Andhra Pradesh.

Met department has warned the Fani is to cause heavy rainfall too beginning Thursday in several districts of West Bengal, Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

It could cause extensive damage to houses, uproot power poles, damage standing crops and disrupt rail or road links.

Navy ships, helicopters and Coast Guard have been deployed by Centre for relief and rescue operations.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed several teams in the areas and more are in standby.

Cyclone, Fani, Odisha, Bengal, Tamil, Andhra

However, as a token of relief IMD data reveals only one storm formed in the month of April over Bay of Bengal between 1891 and 2017 crossed Indian mainland. Fani could be the second one.

The last such severe storm was Nargis in 2008 that devastated Myanmar.

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