Published On: Wed, May 1st, 2019

Odisha directs coastal evacuation ahead of Fani landfall

As a preparation to embrace minimum damage from Fani storm the Odisha government has targeted to evacuate about eight lakh people to safer places by Thursday evening.

The decision was taken by chief minister Naveen Patnaik in a high-level review meeting, involving district collectors of sensitive areas through video conferencing, on Wednesday to face the cyclone Fani that is to make landfall Friday evening near Puri.

The CM said, “I appeal to everyone that the children, women, old and disabled be evacuated first. All precautions have been taken to face the cyclone. We are fully prepared to tackle the cyclone Fani.”

Patnaik directed the administration to ensure complete evacuation in the vulnerable seaside villages and low-lying areas stressing that every life is precious.

The CM said, “I appeal to everyone that the children, women, old and disabled be evacuated first. All precautions have been taken to face the cyclone. We are fully prepared to tackle the cyclone Fani.”

Patnaik also emphasized on early restoration of road communication, water supply and power in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department said Tuesday 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.

Odisha, Fani

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.

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

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