Super cyclone Fani struck the coastal state of Odisha along with strong winds and heavy rains. Fani is the strongest storm to hit India since 2014. The rainstorm will continue throughout the day in Odisha, where more a million people have been evacuated.
According to Odisha MeT department, “No cyclone ever had such a long duration in April.” The strong winds are blowing from 175 to 250 KM/H.
Oh God! Horrifying wind speed of #250KMPH. Destroyed 🌴🌴. Stay safe 🙏
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Amid the disaster alert, some of the cab apps provide boat service in Bhubaneshwar.
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Large areas in Puri and other places were submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of the state. Several trees were uprooted and thatched structures destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar.
All flights from Bhubaneswar have been canceled from midnight, Kolkata airport will be shut between 3 pm today and till 8 am on Saturday. A total of 140 trains including 83 passenger trains have been canceled so far. After crossing Odisha, cyclone Fani is likely to move towards West Bengal before tapering off.
The Odisha government has already evacuated lakhs of people from the coastal areas to camps on higher grounds. At least 14 districts in Odisha are in the path of the Cyclone Fani. About 5000 kitchens started operating to serve people in the shelters.
The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and disaster management agencies on stand-by. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, reviewed preparedness for Cyclone Fani with his senior-most officials.