Cyclone Fani IMD Issues 'Yellow Warning' In Odisha

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Diving andmedical teams are also kept ready to augment rescue and relief efforts in Andhra Pradesh and Odissa, the Navy said in a release.

The East Coast Railways (ECoR) has drawn up a comprehensive plan to cancel as many as 74 trains that will be passing through Odisha. In 2013, a mass evacuation of almost a million people saved thousands of lives.

"The Cyclonic storm "Fani" (pronounced as Foni) over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kilometres per hour in last six hours, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm".

This cyclonic storm could intensify further into a "very severe cyclonic storm" during the next 12 hours, the Met. Department predicted. It is expected to hit Odisha coast by May 3 afternoon.

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The wind speed of a cyclonic storm is 80-90 kmph with winds gusting up to 100 kmph. The maximum sustained wind speed may be between 180-200 kmph, he added.

Tourists in Odisha have been advised to leave Puri by the evening of May 2 and have been asked to refrain from non-essential travel on May 3-4 in the districts that are likely to be affected by Cyclone Fani.

Aircraft of the Indian Navy are also in a state of readiness at two locations for emergency services.

The Model Code of Conduct has already been lifted in several districts of Odisha to facilitate the rescue and relief activities. The state has 880 cyclone centres, all of them have been put on alert.

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The bulletin also directed that fishing operations be totally suspended and said the movement of motor boats and small ships is not advisable.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed total 41 teams - eight in Andhra Pradesh, 28 in Odisha and five in West Bengal. The weather department has issued a yellow weather warning in coastal Odisha which cautions people of a severely bad weather over the next few days. The IMD has asked fishermen not to venture into the sea.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Centre had sanctioned Rs 1,086 crore to four states, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal to deal with the cyclone. Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha Bishnupada Sethi claimed that there are chances of high to very high rainfall in many parts of Odisha especially in southern Odisha.

Twelve senior officials were on Wednesday assigned for supervision of restoration works in the coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack.

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