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Cyclone Fani: Odisha on red alert, 8 lakh people evacuated

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 May 2019, 14:46 IST
Cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani which is going strong day by day is just 450 kms away from Odisha coast, as per IMD reports. In the last six hours cyclone is moving at the speed of 5 kms per hour and soon to hit at Odisha coast. The Cyclone Fani is likely to strike Gopalpur and Chandbali anytime soon after Friday afternoon.

Due to this cyclone, East Coast Railway has cancelled at least 103 trains including New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Rajdhani Express, Patna-Eranakulam, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, among others. Also, they announced special trains from Puri to Shalimar, Kolkata so that the tourists who are stuck in Orrisa can safely reach their homes.

Odisha has taken more measures to protect their citizens, over 8 lakh people are being evacuated from Puri, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Khodha and other coastal areas of Odisha. Also, the government has cancelled the leaves of doctors and health staff up to 15th May and those who are on leave have been called back.

According to IMD, 19 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal might be struck by cyclone Fani. Fishermen have been asked to stay away from the sea areas from 1st May to 5th May. While, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are on high alert, Armed Forces, Indian Coast Guards and others have been kept on alert.

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First published: 2 May 2019, 10:58 IST