Severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall on Odisha's coast on Friday morning at around 8 am. Heavy rains and winds with a speed of up to 175 kmph has uprooted trees and swept away huts in the coastal state. As many as 11 lakh and 54 thousand people have been evacuated in Odisha so far. The seaside pilgrim town of Puri was left submerged as the severe storm alarmingly rolled towards the coastal state. "It will take around three hours for the entire landfall process to be completed" by 11 am, PTI quoted H R Biswas, Director of Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar. The "eye" of the cyclonic system is around 28 km wide and is moving at around 30 kmph, Biswas said. However, within the system, the winds are reaching the speeds of up to 175 kmph and may go up to 200 kmph, leaving debris and wreckage behind. "High winds are also sweeping across several coastal districts like Ganjam, Khurda and Gajapati", the report quoted B P Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), as saying. He added that nearly 11 lakh people were evacuated from about 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas and are now accommodated in over 4,000 shelters, including 880 specially designed cyclone centres.
If a cyclone makes landfall it implies that the first arm of the cyclone has reached the land. No casualty has been reported so far and the government is ready to deal with any eventuality, Sethi added. Over 200 trains and all Odisha bound flights have been cancelled after the weather department warned of an enormous storm surging ahead at high speed.
Cyclone Fani: Here are some of the major developments
(Edited by: Nehal Solanki)