/ Cyclone Fani: 81 flights cancelled across Northeast India

India Today : May 04, 2019, 05:10 PM

Airports Authority of India (AAI), North Eastern Regional Headquarters, today announced that 81 flights have been cancelled across parts of Northeast India because of Cyclone Fani.

AAI announced 59 flights in Guwahati, eight in Agartala, two in Dimapur, two in Lilabari, four in Dibrugarh and six in Imphal were cancelled as a precautionary measure against Cyclone Fani.

A day after cyclonic storm 'Fani' ravaged parts of Odisha, killing at least 12 people, a massive restoration and relief work was launched on war-footing Saturday across 10,000 villages and urban areas, officials said.

The extremely severe cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamped towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, they said.

The death toll due to the calamity, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 12 with four fresh casualties reported from Mayurbhanj district, the officials said, adding, detailed information from many areas was still awaited.

All the four people were killed after uprooted trees fell on them at different places in Baripada, the emergency officer of Mayurbhanj district, SK Pati, said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed the prevailing situation in the aftermath of the cyclone's landfall in the coastal state.