East India is in a state of danger as Cyclone Fani has hit Odisha and is on its way to West Bengal. So far, six people have lost their lives in Odisha. Odisha is facing the wrath of nature as electricity poles and trees are getting uprooted while there is a power cut in various regions of the state. Due to the heavy rains at the coasts, large areas of Puri as well as other places of Odisha have submerged. Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclone that India has ever witnessed in the last two decades. The cyclonic storm is slowly weakening and hasn’t caused much destruction in Wet Bengal. More than 11 lac people, including around 600 pregnant ladies have been evacuated to camps set up on higher grounds by the Odisha government.
Here are the details you need to know:
- All the flights from Bhubaneshwar and over 200 flights from Kolkata have been cancelled.
- Six people in Odisha lost their lives in different incidents. A teenager got crushed under a tree while it fell on him in Puri. A woman in Nayagrah district was hit by the flying debris of a concrete structure. A 65 year old woman in Kendrapara succumbed to a heart attack while she was at a cyclone shelter.
More than 147 trains stay cancelled for 04th of May. Three special trains were made to run from Puri to Shalimar and Howrah in West Bengal for facilitating the tourists’ evacuation.
- Narendra Modi’s election rally which was to be held at Jharkhand on May 5 has now been postponed to 6th of May. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has also cancelled election rallies for two days. UP CM Yogi Adityanath as well as BJP Chief Amit Shah have also cancelled their political rallies that were to be held in Jharkhand. The entire situation is being closely monitored by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
- A resident of Puri stated, “It just went dark and then suddenly we could barely see five metres in front of us”.
- In West Bengal, the cyclone has affected West and East Medinipur, Howrah, North and south 24 Parganas, districts of Jhargram, Hooghly as well as the capital Kolkata.
- In Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, gusty winds and heavy rainfall uprooted electricity poles as well as trees. More than 15,000 people were moved to 126 relief camps there.
- Disaster management agencies, Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy and the Army are on standby. Aircrafts will be launched to carry out aerial surveys for assessing the extent of the devastation and impact of Fani.
- Pronounced as ‘Foni’, the name ‘Fani’ was suggested by Bangladesh and the world roughly means the hood of a snake.
- This cyclone is the strongest cyclone after the Super Cyclone of 1999 which took away 10,000 lives within 30 hours at Odisha coasts. Fani is the first cyclone of such severity that has hit the oceanic neighbourhood of India in the last 43 years.
- All the people living in and near the areas hit by Fani or are at the danger, take care and stay safe. This too shall pass.