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Cyclone Fani updates: No flights to take off from Odisha, all trains along coast cancelled

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New Delhi, May 02: With cyclone Fani set to make landfall in Odisha's Puri around 9.30 am on Friday, the state administration moved 11 lakh people to safety and advised the public to remain indoors. The storm is set to affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Fishermen try to control their boat amidst rough sea waters at Puri beach

According to the latest bulletin by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone lay centred over west-central Bay of Bengal about 275 km south-southwest of Puri. Fani will likely hit Odisha with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph, which is expected to rise to 200 kmph.

An 'Orange message' alert has been issued by the IMD for Odisha, West Bengal and Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh coasts in the wake of the oncoming Fani cyclone.

Nineteen districts of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh are likely to be hit by cyclone Fani.

Odisha to start evacuating people as Cyclone Fani to make landfall; NDRF, Army on standby

Here are the Highlights on Cyclone Fani:

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12:56 AM, 3 May
Weatherman has cautioned people to not lower guard after the first arm of Cyclone Fani hits the east coast and moves forward, bringing the eye of the storm into the focus which is very calm. As the eye inches forward, the very calmness brings further destruction as the second arm of the cyclone is equally violent. An eye is the centre of a cyclone, which is calm, while the strong winds that circle it are known as the arms of the storm.
12:55 AM, 3 May
The landfall of Fani in Puri district will start between 8 and 10 am and continue up to 12 noon on Friday, according to the Odisha government.
12:55 AM, 3 May
The proposed rally of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Gopal Maidan in Jamshedpur (East Singhbhum) listed on Friday has also been put off due to the cyclone.
12:55 AM, 3 May
The election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chaibasa on May 5 has been deferred by a day due to impending impact of the approaching cyclone Fani.
12:55 AM, 3 May
The Bangladesh government issued mass evacuation orders in 19 coastal districts to prevent casualties as meteorologists predicted cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ to make landfall on Friday after hitting Indian coastlines.
12:55 AM, 3 May
Heavy rain accompanied by gales started lashing several places in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts and officials began evacuating the people in vulnerable areas to safety. Various crops were already damaged in the north coastal belt, and there were power outages in villages.
12:47 AM, 3 May
Fani is likely to cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, south of the temple town of Puri, with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph, according to India Meteorological Department.
12:47 AM, 3 May
Rail and flight services in Odisha is likely to remain acutely disrupted over the next two days as Cyclone Fani, the most severe cyclonic storm over the east coast in nearly two decades, is due to make landfall Friday morning, railway and aviation ministry officials said.
12:46 AM, 3 May
The Railways has also cancelled trains which were to begin their journeys on Friday. These include the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and the Puri-New Delhi Nandan Kanan Express.
12:46 AM, 3 May
The national transporter said it will grant full refund to passengers for the cancelled or diverted trains if tickets are produced for cancellation within three days from the scheduled date of journey.
12:46 AM, 3 May
The Railways Thursday said around 102 trains have been cancelled in the last two days in view of the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is likely to affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, while three special trains pressed into service to ferry stranded passengers from affected areas.
12:45 AM, 3 May
In another tweet, the Union minister said, "All airlines are requested to offer all assistance for rescue and relief operations in view of cyclone Fani. All relief material should be airlifted to be delivered to officially designated agencies." Exhorting the aviation sector to rise to the occasion, he said a "control room is being set up". The operations of various domestic airlines have already been affected due to the oncoming cyclone.
12:45 AM, 3 May
ivil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu Thursday said all authorities concerned have been put on alert to deal with cyclone 'Fani' and all airlines requested to offer assistance in rescue and relief operations. The 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm is expected to hit Odisha coast on Friday.
9:41 PM, 2 May
CMO Odisha said,''CM Naveen Patnaik visited Special Relief Organisation office to review preparedness, and appealed to people to remain indoors until #CycloneFani passes & advised all officials to make their best efforts to face the cyclone.''
9:41 PM, 2 May
District Administration, Purba Medinipur directs Sub Divisional Officer, Contai, to take immediate measures so that all the tourists leave Digha, Mandarmani, Sankarpur, Tajpur and other tourist spots to avoid any untoward incident due to Cyclone Fani
9:40 PM, 2 May
Rajan Bargotra, Commander, Coast Guard Region (NE) said,''All coast guard units in Odisha&West Bengal are fully prepared for situation arising out of the landfall of #CycloneFani. Disaster Relief teams have been formed along Odisha & WB coast which would be providing relief assistance.''
8:23 PM, 2 May
In West Bengal, Kolkata airport will be shut from 9.30 pm on May 3 till 6 pm of May 4.
6:40 PM, 2 May
In Odisha, No flights will take off from midnight today for the next 24 hrs from Bhubaneswar Airport.
5:20 PM, 2 May
The West Bengal Meteorological Centre in its release said that Cyclone Fani is currently 615 Km from Digha and 730 km from Kolkata. It is expected to enter West Bengal on May 3 midnight or May 4 early morning as a Severe Cyclonic Storm.
5:20 PM, 2 May
The Government of Odisha informs that so far 11,54,475 people are expected to be evacuated ahead of cyclone Fani hitting the state tomorrow in full force. Over 3 lakh people have already been evacuated.
5:19 PM, 2 May
Odisha: All GoAir flights in and out from Bhubaneswar Airport (BBI) stands cancelled for 03 May 2019.
5:09 PM, 2 May
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu after conducting a review meeting on Fani: If necessary I would visit cyclone affected regions in state. I have written a letter to Election Commission seeking exemption from election code of conduct to monitor the situation during cyclones.
5:07 PM, 2 May
Inspector General (Coast Guard East) apprises about the situation.
5:06 PM, 2 May
All airlines are requested to offer all assistance for rescue & relief operations in view of Cyclonic Storm FANI. All relief material should be airlifted to be delivered to officially designated agencies. Control room being set up.
5:04 PM, 2 May
Over 3.5 lakh people were evacuated from low lying areas by 3pm.
4:49 PM, 2 May
All GoAir flights in and out from Bhubaneswar Airport (BBI) stands cancelled for 03 May 2019.
4:49 PM, 2 May
Moderate thunderstorm/lightning with moderate rainfall and gusty wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely to occur at a few places over the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Cuttack, Khurdha, Puri and Nayagarh between May 2 2pm and 5pm.
4:48 PM, 2 May
Cyclone Fani is likely to hit Odisha coast by 10 am to 12 pm on Friday.
4:46 PM, 2 May
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has pre-positioned its 54 rescue&relief teams along the seacoast & in flood prone areas of Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands,Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
4:33 PM, 2 May
The Railways on Thursday said as many as 89 trains have been cancelled in the last two days in view of the ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, while three special trains have been put into service to ferry stranded passengers from affected areas.
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