Cyclone ‘Fani’ headed towards Odisha

RNS: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and fishermen asked not to venture into the sea as cyclone “Fani” is expected to intensify into a very severe storm, the Home Ministry said.

The cyclonic storm “Fani” Monday morning was located at 880 km of South-East of Chennai and it will continue to move North-West and change its path to North-East from Wednesday. The cyclone is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by Tuesday, a home ministry statement said. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), its landfall over Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is ruled out.

However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch. Disaster response teams are on alert and fishermen have been advised not to sail as India braces for cyclone ‘Fani’, which raging in the Bay of Bengal, headed for the Odisha coast.

Key Points:

#Fani (pronounced ‘Foni)’ was a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ Monday evening and could become an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

#Wind speed in a cyclonic storm is 80-90 km per hour and can reach up to 100 kmph. In an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, the wind speed goes up to 170-180 kmph and could touch 195 kmph.

#Fani is expected to impact Odisha’s southern and coastal districts. The state’s 880 cyclone centres, 20 units of ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force), 12 units of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and 335 fire units have been put on alert, an official informed.

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