Cyclone Fani Live updates
In view of the likeliness of Cyclone Fani turning into a very severe storm, the Odisha government had put its southern and coastal districts on alert. 880 cyclone centres, 12 units of National Disaster Response Force, 20 units of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force, and 335 fire units were all put on alert. Alerts were sounded many days before and the government had done many preparations to handle the situation.
Cyclone Fani, pronounced as Foni, coming over from the southeast Bay of Bengal turned into a “very severe cyclonic storm”. It was continuously being fed with heat and moisture from the Bay of Bengal as it prepared to move up the eastern coast of India. The cyclone hit the coast near Puri, Odisha on 3rd May 2019.
Cyclone Fani Live Updates – The India Meteorological Department had warned during the last week of April 2019 about the Super Cyclone Fani, pronounced as Foni, to be hitting near Puri, Odisha.
Cyclone Fani Live updates
- P.K. Mohapatra, the chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration has said that a few parts of the Shree Jagannath temple in Puri have been reportedly damaged. However, the main temple structure remains unaffected.
- The idol of Jay of Jay-Vijay Dwar (Lion’s Gate) of the temple has been broken. Kalpa Bata — a huge banyan tree revered as the wish fulfillment tree within the Puri temple premises has also been reported broken.
- Special Relief Commissioner’s Office has received confirmation of 34 deaths. However, the unofficial numbers are said to be above 45.
- Over 1.07 crore people in 14 districts have been affected by the cyclone.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Bhuvaneshwar to take stock of the situation.
- Cyclone Fani is estimated to have caused infrastructure damage worth over Rs 1,200 crore.
- Indian Navy has set up relief camps and community kitchens in villages near Puri for Cyclone Fani affected people. Three ships have also been engaged in the relief operations.
- The state of Tamil Nadu has offered a contribution of Rs.10 crore, Maharashtra Rs.10 crore, Uttar Pradesh Rs.10 crore, Gujarat Rs.5 crore, and Chhattisgarh has contributed Rs.11 crore to Odisha for relief and rehabilitation.
- Railways have started running some of the cancelled trains to Odisha.
- Houses that are completely damaged due to Fani will be constructed under housing schemes.
Cyclone Fani Live updates
- As per the India Meteorological Department, super cyclonic Fani relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha. But, when it approached Bengal, it transformed into a “very severe” cyclone.
- The Super cyclone Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 a.m. on May 4, 2019, through Odisha’s Balasore. It had a wind speed of 70-80 kmph while crossing Kharagpur.
- Fani is now lying 40 km west of Kolkata, close to Arambagh, in Hooghly district.
- Super Cyclone Fani entered cities and towns in coastal Bengal including Mandarmani, Sandehskhali, Digha, Tajpur, and Contai. The effects of the storm could also be felt in cities like Kharagpur and Burdwan.
- The epicenter of the storm is expected to hit the city in the early on Saturday and rains are expected to continue till Saturday
- In Odisha, Puri has suffered the most amount of damage. Restoration of electricity is a bit of challenge for the authorities. But, they are working round the clock.
- Cyclone Fani Hit West Bengal resulting in heavy rainfall and uprooting of trees.
- According to the Meteorological department, the extremely severe cyclonic storm relatively weakened after entering coastal Odisha and transformed into “very severe” as it approached Bengal.
- Eight people have been reportedly killed in Odisha as Cyclone Fani pummels the state.
- Over 12 Lakh people were shifted from vulnerable to safer districts in Odisha.
- Super Cyclone Fani is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a severe cyclonic storm, IMD has updated.
- India Meteorological Department has said that heavy rains and strong winds will continue through the day in Odisha.
- More than 11.50 Lakh people have been evacuated in Odisha till now.
- 10 more trains have been cancelled by East Coast railway today. The number of total trains cancelled is now around 157.
- Election rallies of PM Narendra Modi and Mamta Banerjee cancelled.
- To save themselves from gutsy winds, many people have taken shelter at Bhubaneswar railway station.
- Red alert sounded in Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh.
- Around 20,000 people were shifted to 126 relief camps in Srikakulam.
- Due to the impact of Fani, an extremely heavy downpour is occurring in Puri, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Jagatsinghpur.
- IMD Hyderabad: Winds in Puri, Odisha are blowing at a maximum speed of 240-245 km per hour and heavy to very heavy rains are continuing over the Odisha coast
- FANI centered near lat 19.8 & long 85.7 at 9.30am close to Puri, The eye of the cyclone completely moved into land by 10 am. Thus the cyclone crossed Odisha coast between 8 am to 10 am today, 3rd May 2019.
- Super Cyclone Fani is about 25 km SSWof Puri at 0830 IST. It will cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur & Chandbali close to Puri between 8 to 11 am today. Landfall has started at 8 am. Part of the eye lies over land at 0830. The entire process of eye entering into the land will be completed in the next 2 hrs.
- A control room has been set up by the Home Ministry and you can call 1938 for any assistance or updates.
- All flights from Bhubaneswar have been cancelled from midnight. There will be no operations at Kolkata airport from Friday 9.30 pm Saturday till 6 pm.
- Andhra Pradesh Electricity department has asked people to stay alert in coastal areas to avoid accidents
- All schools and colleges in Odisha have been closed for the next three days.
- As per the state government officials, more than 8 lakh people in the coastal districts are being evacuated.
- Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI about 450 km south-southwest of Puri at 0530 hrs IST of 02nd May, 2019. To cross Odisha coast around Puri by the afternoon of 3rd May.
- IMD has predicted that the Sea conditions are very likely to be very rough to high along & off north Andhra Pradesh Coasts high to phenomenal along & off Odisha and West Bengal Coasts during 1st to 4th May.
- Warning messages are being sent regularly to people living in areas that are likely to be impacted by the Super cyclone Fani.
— Odisha Police (@odisha_police) May 3, 2019
#CycloneFani has hit #Cuttack severely. Lots of trees are uprooted. @DCP_CUTTACK and ODRAF unit as per the guidance of @DGPOdisha is putting all the possible efforts to ensure the roads are cleared asap. #DutyAboveElse pic.twitter.com/eNl1HwENEy
— Odisha Police (@odisha_police) May 3, 2019
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) May 3, 2019
- An advance relief package of Rs.1086 Crores for relief and rehabilitation in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh has been announced by the Government.
- Around 103 trains have been cancelled so far.
- A red alert has been sounded in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district as heavy rains with winds gusting up to 120 kmph have been predicted.
- IMD has also predicted extensive damage to all types of kutcha houses, some damage to old badly managed Pucca structures. There are also potential threats from flying objects. Extensive uprooting of communication and power poles is also likely. Disruption of rail/road link at several places, extensive damage to standing crops, plantations, orchards, blowing down of Palm and coconut trees, uprooting of large bushy trees is also very likely. Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.
- Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI about 540 km south-southwest of Puri at 2330 hrs IST of 01st May, 2019. To cross Odisha coast around Puri during 3rd May.
- Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI about 570 km south-southwest of Puri at 1730 hrs IST of 01st May, 2019. To cross Odisha coast around Puri on 3rd
- Fani is very likely to move northwestwards during the next 12 hours. After that, it may recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha coast to the south of Puri, between Gopalpur and Chandbali, on 3rd May afternoon. The sustained wind speed is expected to be around 175-185 kmph.
- As per the latest update from Indian Met Deptt., FANI moved northwestwards in the last six hours with a speed of around 10kmph and at 0530 hrs lays centered over Westcentral and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal.
- To facilitate rescue, relief, and restoration activities, the model code of conduct has been lifted in 11 districts of Odisha – Puri, Kendrapara, Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Gajapati, Khordha, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Ganjam, and Jajpur.
- Tourists in Puri have been advised to leave the temple town by tomorrow evening. Authorities have also asked to cancel non-essential travel on Friday and Saturday to the likely to be affected districts.
- The Army and Air Force have been put on standby. Ships and helicopters have been deployed by the Coast Guard and Navy for any relief and rescue operations.
- As per India Met Deptt., VSCS ‘FANI’ over Southeast Bay of Bengal has moved northwestwards and at 1130 hrs laid centred at near lat 12.6°N and long 85.7°E, about 800 km south of Puri in Odisha. It is very likely to intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours.
- Severe Cyclone ‘FANI’ intensified into Very Severe Cyclone at 0530 IST of 30th April. To intensify further and move towards the Odisha coast.
- As per the latest information from IMD “Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as ‘FONI’) over SE BOB & neighborhood moved further N-wards with speed of 11 kmph in last six hrs & lay centred 1130 IST of 29.04.2019 lat. 9.2°N and long.86.9°E over SE BOBl & neighborhood, about 620 km ENE of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)”
- Till 1 pm, ‘Fani’ covered 745 kilometers east-southeast of Sri Lanka, 1,050 kilometers southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1,230 kilometers southeast of Andhra Pradesh.
- Fani is very likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and into a very tough cyclonic storm in 24 hours.
Cyclone Fani Live updates
- The officials said that the cyclone may come 200 to 300 km close to the Andhra coast before changing its route to the coasts of Odisha and Bangladesh.
- Under the impact of the cyclone, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are expected to receive heavy rainfall on April 30 and May 1.
- The officials have forecasted that cyclone will come with heavy rain and gusty winds with the speed of 40-50 kmph at isolated places in all coastal Andhra districts.
- A yellow alert has been sounded in Odisha.
- Authorities have issued warnings at the Visakhapatnam, Machilipatnam, Krishnapatnam and Nizampatnam ports.
- According to the sources, Strong winds with a speed of 30-40 kmph are likely to commence along and off the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, Comorin area and Gulf of Mannar from Sunday. It will intensify a day later.
- The Sea conditions are going to be very rough from April 29 to May 1 along and off Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.
- Conditions of Andhra Pradesh will become hard from May 1-3 and along off Odisha coast from May 2 onwards.
- The IMD has advised fishermen of Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry not to venture into the sea.
Yellow Alert Meaning: Yellow alert means “Be aware”. This means that severely bad weather is possible over the next few days which could affect people in that particular area. Keep an eye on the latest forecast from the Met Department and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption in the life of the people in the affected area over the next few days. Due to the possible disruptions, people should make travel plans very carefully keeping in mind the possible travel delays, and/or disruption of day-to-day activities.
Let’s pray for the people of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam, Machilipatnam, and Krishnapatnam. Stay with us for Cyclone Fani Live updates.