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Cyclone Fani causes destruction across Odisha

May 4, 2019

Cyclone Fani, which is said to be the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999, hit Odisha's Puri on Friday. The cyclone created extreme loss to the state including a landfall on Friday morning. Over 11 lakh people were evacuated and alerts were given to Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal as well. Indian navy and coast guard were on high alert and deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations.

Chaired a high level meeting to review the preparedness relating to Cyclone Fani. The Central Government is ready to provide all possible assistance that would be required. Prayers for the safety and well-being of our citizens-Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Cyclone Fani hit Odisha coast by around 8 am on Friday with heavy rainfall and high velocity winds. Many trees were uprooted and villages were submerged in water. Some of the worst hit areas included Cuttack, Jajpur, Gajapati, Ganjam, Badrak and Balaspore along with a few others as well. Kolkata airport was shut from Friday and will only re-open by Saturday evening. Flights to Bhubaneswar were cancelled. Almost 140 trains were also cancelled. Cyclone Fani is likely to move towards West Bengal from Odisha.

"Prayers for everyone's safety. May we have the strength to endure this. Jai Jagannnath #CycloneFani, tweeted Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag.

"The process of landfall of #CycloneFani has begun ..extremely high wind speed ..heavy rain ..the harrowing sound ..reminds me of 1999 Supercyclone With folded hands I pray to Lord Almighty Jaganath ji to give us the strength to endure this, tweeted BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra.

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