At least 15 dead as Cyclone Fani moves to Bangladesh

Destroyed gas station in Puri

Cyclone Fani hits India's east coast; 1.2 million evacuated

A view of a fallen tree at the entrance of a house after Cyclone Fani made landfall, at Konark, Puri district, Odisha state, India.

The death toll due to the calamity, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 12 with four fresh casualties reported from Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, the officials said, adding that detailed information from many areas was still awaited. The storm is expected to enter Bangladesh by Saturday evening, K. J. Ramesh, director general of the India Meteorological Department, told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.

The seaside temple town of Puri, which lay directly in the path of Fani, suffered extensive damage, as winds gusting up to 124 miles per hour (200 km/h) tore off tin roofs, snapped power lines, and uprooted trees on Friday.

Video footage taken from an Indian navy aircraft showed extensive flooding in areas around Puri, with wide swathes of land submerged in the aftermath of the storm. This contribution is Hyundai's way of expressing solidarity with the people of Odisha & West Bengal, as they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the recent devastating Fani Cyclone.

Authorities in Odisha, where 10,000 people perished in a 1999 cyclone, had evacuated more than a million people as they anxious about a possible 1.5-meter (five-foot) storm surge sweeping far inland.

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Following the rains, the state government has issued an alert to suspend ferry services between Jorhat and Majuli, Guwahati and North Guwahati, Dhubri and other places from Saturday to Sunday. According to a latest update, Cyclone Fani hit West Bengal by crossing Kharagpur and continues further in North-East direction with the wind speed of 90 km/hour.

The Prime Minister tweeted reiterating the Centre's readiness to provide all help needed to cope with the cyclone.

Bangladeshi workers cover a pile of fertiliser with a plastic sheet in Khulna on May 3, 2019, as Cyclone Fani barrels northeastwards into West Bengal state and towards Bangladesh.

Neighboring West Bengal state escaped substantial damage, but authorities moved almost 42,000 people to safer locations.

In 2017, Cyclone Ockhi killed more than 200 people and displaced hundreds.

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He said some 2000 people are already on job to restore power connectivity and build the towers but 3000 more officials will be pressed over next 24 hours to expedite the job once things improves a bit.

Electricity pylons were down, tin roofs were ripped off and windows on many buildings were smashed.

A cyclone barreled into eastern India on Friday, damaging houses in the tourist town of Puri and wounding 160 people after a million people were moved into storm shelters.

The TMC leadership pointed out that the Prime Minister spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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