: May 02, 2019, 12:42 PM
Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall in coastal areas of Odisha on May 3. The cyclonic storm has intensified into an "extreme severe cyclone". Cyclone Fani is likely to impact coastal districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore. Defence forces are on high alert, educational institutions have been ordered shut and over 8 lakh people in coastal districts are being evacuated as Odisha braces for cyclone Fani. 50 teams of Odisha Fire Services are on high alert. Railways has cancelled at least 103 trains and diverted two more in view of cyclone Fani. Tune in to IndiaToday.in for updates on Cyclone Fani.
List of trains cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani
May 2 trains cancelled:
22812 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express
22824 New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express
12816 Anand Vihar Terminal-Puri Nandan Kanan Express
May 3 trains cancelled
22823 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express
12875 Puri-New Delhi Neelanchal Express
18477 Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express
12801 Puri-New Delhi Purushottam ExpressWith severe cyclonic storm Fani set to make landfall in Odisha and parts of West Bengal on May 3, the Ministry of Defence has authorised proactive deployment of resources from Indian Navy and Coast Guard for succour at the time of need.
"It is monitoring the developing situation in East Coast of India for Cyclone Fani and authorises the proactive deployment of resources from Indian Navy and Coast Guard for succour and assistance to those in need with minimum reaction time. Coast Guard has deployed 20 teams," the Ministry said in a statement.
In Bhubaneswar, preparations are underway by Odisha Fire Services in view of the "extremely severe" cyclonic storm. Around 50 teams of six members each have been kept on alert in the city.The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into sea along and off the Odisha coast till May 4.
The sea condition will remain "phenomenal" in west central Bay of Bengal and off the north Andhra Pradesh coast till tomorrow and northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal till May 4, it said.
The Met office said that sea conditions are likely to be very rough to high off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, along and off south Andhra Pradesh coasts till May 4.
It has said that thestorm may cause damage to kutcha houses, weak structures, standing crops and plantations.At least 14 Odisha districts - Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Khurda, Jajpur, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Gajapati, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar - are likely to bear the brunt of Cyclone Fani, which is also likely to impact Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.Cyclone Fani is being tracked by Doppler Weather Radars at Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Machilipatnam, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said.
People from low-lying and vulnerable areas of coastal districts are being shifted to safe places such as 880 cyclone centres, school and college buildings and other structures, he said.
According to the SRC, the evacuation of eight lakh people is the largest-ever evacuation operation in the country.