A gigantic cyclone, called Fani, advances towards India over the waters of the Bay of Bengal, with winds of more than 200 km per hour. It is expected to land today, in the Odisha state area.
Fani “has started to land at 0800 hours (02.30 GMT)” near Puri, a coastal city in the eastern state of Odisha, the Indian Department of Meteorology said in a statement.
According to weather forecasts, the cyclone will continue to move inland to the northeast, losing strength as it continues on its way to Bangladesh.
Things one must know about Cyclone Fani
- The communication office of the Indian Government shared images on social networks of the effects of the cyclone from Puri, with torrential rains and gusts of wind hitting trees and houses.
- Strong winds and precipitation are affecting mostly the state of Odisha, although according to the Indian Department of Meteorology the cyclone will also be seen in other states of the Bay of Bengal as Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
- In neighbouring Bangladesh, it also began today to evacuate the most vulnerable populations to the cyclone.
- The Indian coast often suffers the passage of cyclones, one of the last in October last year, the “very severe” Cyclone Titli that left some 60 dead as it passed through the state of Odisha.
Impacts of Fani
- Fani is expected to cause large storm surges and significant wind damage near the landing site. Floods in the interior will also be a great threat.
- The eastern areas of India and Bangladesh can expect 150 to 300 mm of rain with locally higher amounts, regardless of intensity.
- When Fani approaches India, it will move almost parallel to the coast. A slight movement to the east or west would have a significant impact at the time of arrival on land, as well as in intensity. A further route to the east means that the arrival on land would be further north in India, perhaps even in Bangladesh.
- If that happens, the storm is probably a category or two weaker as it moves over colder waters.
Preparation made by Indian government to handle effect of Fani
Indian Government alert the people about Fani and ask people to move from their place. Around 800 thousand have already been evacuated by the authority. Military and other social worker starts working to move people so that there will minimum loss because of Fani.
A thousand schools and other public buildings have been set up as temporary shelters with kitchen, drinking water, electricity and medical services to accommodate a million people, the local press reported. The port authorities had also ordered the ships to return before Wednesday night and suspended classes in colleges and universities during the passage of the cyclone.
Also tourists have been advised to go on the run. The cyclone threatens the sacred city of Puri, located some sixty kilometres from Bhubaneswar. There, the almost 900-year-old Hindu temple Jagannath is built, which receives millions of worshipers every year. The authorities plan to evacuate about 100,000 people from Puri and fear the effects of the storm in the historic temple.