On Friday strong winds and rain hit Puri district ahead of the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani making itself visible to Puri.
Since Wednesday, in the wake of the arrival of the cyclone Fani, the Odisha administration has evacuated more than 11 lakh people from the vulnerable districts.
Over 3 lakh people have been evacuated from the Ganjam district alone and around 1.3 lakh people from Puri district where the landfall of Fani is expected. About 5000 kitchens have been in operations to feed the people taking shelters in relief camps.
A series of warnings have been released by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) regarding a storm surge of about 1.5 metres which may enter low-lying areas coastal areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, and Jagatsinghpur districts at the time of arrival. The government has said that the affect of the cyclone will be witnessed by 10,000 villages and 52 towns situated in the nine districts of Odisha.
Fani is likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of Puri during the forenoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph raising to 200 kmph.
Fani is expected to traverse to West Bengal into the Ganges as a “severe cyclonic storm” by the early morning of May 4. It is further expected to emerge into Bangladesh by the evening of May 4.