Posted on May 4, 2019, 12:52 AM IST
A severe tropical Cyclone Fani has struck the Odisha coast in Puri, around 8 am today morning. It is equivalent to a category 4 hurricane or a super typhoon with wind speed as high as 175 km/hour. Nearly 1 million people have been safely removed including a thousand pregnant women. The cyclone continues to make enormous landfall but had thankfully ebbed in its intensity around noontime.
The name of this Cyclone has been suggested by Bangladesh and Fani literally means Snake or a hood of Snake. This is the fourth storm that has hit India’s east cost in the past thirty years. A fatal super cyclone had hit Odisha in 1999 and caused the maximum causalities of up to 15000 people. Odisha has experienced quite some cyclones in the past few years.
The Cyclone is expected to weaken in the next few hours as it moves towards Kolkata and Bangladesh. The Met department has issued a yellow warning for Odisha in the wake of this hurricane. Strong rainfall is being forecasted for the region. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have also been given a warning for the same.
Prime Minister Narender Modi is currently rallying in Gujarat and has addressed the issue by quoting “People living in the north-eastern parts of the country -- hundreds of thousands of families are facing a cyclonic storm. The central government is in constant touch with the governments in Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), the Indian coastguard, Indian army, navy with its full might is working with the administration”. A fund of 144 million dollars has been granted by Modi government to fight the enormity of Cyclone Fani.
Cyclone Fani has been making landfall in the east coast of our country but due to an effective disaster management infrastructure at hand, the causalities have not been that much, though 2 people have reportedly lost their lives because of this storm. The affected people have taken refuge at the relief camps that have been set up in the areas to safeguard the people.