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Cyclone Fani Latest updates: Women in advanced stages of pregnancy shifted to hospitals in Odisha; Modi's Chaibasa rally postponed

Cyclone Fani latest news and Update: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness for Cyclone Fani.

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Cyclone Fani Latest updates: Women in advanced stages of pregnancy shifted to hospitals in Odisha; Modi's Chaibasa rally postponed
  • 19 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are bracing for the Cyclone Fani

  • Railways has cancelled 81 trains and diverted two more in view of the cyclone

  • All the 880 cyclone centres have been equipped with modern facilities and trained manpower have been readied for evacuees

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20:54 (ist)

Cyclone Fani latest update

Storm is 160 km east of Vizag, says Navy

According to the official handle of the Navy Spokesperson, the Cyclone Fani is 160 km East of Vizag, and "has moved in a NNE direction with a speed of 08 kn in last two hours."

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May 02, 2019 - 23:07 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update

IMD says Cyclone Fani lay 275 km south-southwest of Puri as of 9.30 pm. It will move north-northeastwards to make a landfall between Gopalpur and Chandbali on 3 May.

May 02, 2019 - 23:05 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update

Indian Navy releases photos of a warship deployed in the Bay of Bengal

May 02, 2019 - 23:03 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update from Odisha

Over 1000 women in advanced stages of pregnancy shifted to hospitals


The Odisha government issued instructions to shift women in their advanced stage of pregnancy to nearby hospitals, as part of its evacuation drive in the coastal areas.

"More than 1000 pregnant women have been admitted in different hospitals. As Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had given specific instruction to take care of women, children and elderly persons during the storm, we shifted the pregnant women to hospitals on a priority basis," Sangram Mohapatra, the spokesperson at the special relief commissioner's office (SRC), said.

PTI

May 02, 2019 - 22:57 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update from Jharkhand

Narendra Modi's Chaibasa rally postponed


The election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chaibasa on 5 May has been deferred by a day due to impending impact of the approaching cyclone Fani. (PTI)

May 02, 2019 - 22:56 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update in Odisha

Control rooms opened


As the 'extremely severe' cyclone Fani is all set to hit Odisha coast in the next few hours, the Odisha Government has opened a round-the-clock control room in all districts and at the state level too. For any kind of help, people can all on these numbers.
 

Departmental helpline numbers:

State EOD – 2534177/1070
Industries – 2535670
CE FC & BM LMB WR – 2395951/2395953
RD 2390921
F&ARD – 2531771
W&CD&MS – 2394810
ST&SC – 2536672/2322757
Home – 2322511
School&Mass Education – 2393531
BMC – 2431253
A&FRD – 2394907
Energy - 2391399

Districtwise control room numbers

Angul – 06764-230980
Balasore – 06782-262286/262647
Baragarh – 06646-232112
Bhadrak – 06784-251881
Bolangir – 06652-232452/230969
Boudh – 06841-222023
Cuttack – 0671-2507842, 9337419494
Deogarh – 06641-226843
Dhenkanal – 96762-226507,221376
Gajapati – 06815-222943
Ganjam – 06811-263978
Jagatsinghpur – 06724-220368
Jajpur – 06728-222648
Jharsuguda – 06645-272902/271692
Kalahandi – 06670-230455
Kandhamal – 06842-253650/255602
Kendrapara – 06727-232803
Keonjhar – 06766-255437
Khurda – 06755-220002
Koraput – 06852-251381
Malkangiri – 06861-230442/231372
Mayurbhanj – 06792-252759
Nawarangapur – 06858-222434
Nayagarh – 06753-252978
Naupada – 06678-225357
Puri – 06752-223237
Rayagada – 06856-224062,224082
Sambalpur – 0663-2412407
Subarnapur – 06654-220362
Sundargarh – 06622-272233

Input by Bibhuti Mohapatro

May 02, 2019 - 22:37 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update from Odisha

Rayagada CDMO suspended


Odisha Government on Thursday suspended Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Rayagada Siva Prasad Padhi for dereliction of duty. The Health and Family Welfare Department has issued an order in this regard.

The government had cancelled holidays of all employees serving for emergency duty and asked employees who are in leave to join duty immediacy.

However, Padhi did not follow the order as a result he has been suspended, sources said. Padhi has been asked to stay at Rayagada headquarters.

Input by Bibhuti Mohapatro

May 02, 2019 - 22:34 (IST)
Cyclone Fani latest update

IMD cautions not to be deceived by cyclone's 'calm' eye


IMD has cautioned people to not lower guard after the first arm of Cyclone Fani hits the east coast and moves forward, bringing the eye of the storm into the focus which is very calm. As the eye inches forward, the very calmness brings further destruction as the second arm of the cyclone is equally violent.
 
An eye is the centre of a cyclone, which is calm, while the strong winds that circle it are known as the arms of the storm.
 
"There is a tendency to be complacent after the first arm of the cyclone moves ahead. The first arm brings destruction. The eye, which covers an area of 30-40 kilometres, is usually calm. But as the eye moves forward it is replaced by the second arm of the cyclone which is equally destructive," Mritunjay Mohapatra, head of the cyclone warning division and additional director general of the India Meteorological Department, told PTI.

May 02, 2019 - 22:30 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update from Odisha

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviews preparedness ahead of cyclone

May 02, 2019 - 22:30 (IST)

Cyclone Fani latest update from Odisha

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviews preparedness ahead of cyclone

May 02, 2019 - 22:28 (IST)
Cyclone Fani latest update

223 trains cancelled along Kolkata-Chennai route


As many as 223 trains along the Odisha coastline in the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled in view of cyclone Fani which is likely to hit the eastern state by 3 May. These include 140 Mail/Express trains and 83 passenger trains.

PTI

Cyclone in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal LATEST news and updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness for Cyclone Fani. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the prime minister, Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary and other senior officials from IMD, NDRF, NDMA and PMO.

Two more special trains will start from Puri at 3 pm and 6 pm today for Howrah, South Eastern Railway said. The trains will halt at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendujhar road, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur.

The Indian Meteorological Department has forewarned of heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over north coastal Andhra Pradesh and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over south coastal Odisha. Andhra's Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam towns are most likely to receive heavy rainfall.

Bracing up for the impending storm. the Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri replaced the 15-feet-long Patitapabana Bana, or holy flag atop the temple with a four-feet-long variant to signify that the state should prepare for the cyclone. For Puri in Odisha, it was among the first signs of the town bracing for Cyclone Fani, which is expected to make landfall Friday.

A special train with reserved and unreserved berths will start from Puri at 12 pm today and go towards Shalimar. It will halt at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendujhar road, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur stations. The train will reach Bhubaneswar at about 1:30 pm. The Odisha government has advised tourists to leave the seaside pilgrim town of Puri by Thursday, a senior official said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday requested the Election Commission of India to relax the Model Code of Conduct in four coastal districts to enable the state take steps in view of the cyclone threat.

The storm will make a landfall between Gopalpur and Chandbali, leading to heavy rains are very likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.

Railways has cancelled 81 trains and diverted two more in view of the cyclone. Meanwhile, a red alert has been sounded in Srikakulam district of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and heavy rainfall has been predicted in adjoining Vizianagaram district.

The average rainfall in several areas will be up to 20 cm and the impact of Fani will be much more severe than 'Titli' which had hit the coast last year. At least 60 people had been killed when cyclone Titli struck Odisha in October 2018. Gusty wind with speed 40-50 km per hour is expected at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.

Odisha government advised tourists to leave the pilgrim town of Puri and ordered closure of all educational institutions in the state between 2 and 4 May. Mass evacuation of people from vulnerable and low-lying areas has begun.

All the 880 cyclone centres have been equipped with modern facilities and trained manpower have been readied for the purpose. Each centre can accommodate around 1000 people, Chief Secretary AP Padhi said. 335 units of fire services have also been kept ready in the state.

A total of 47 flood rescue and relief teams have been pre-positioned in 25 vulnerable/coastal areas of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to meet any eventuality arising due to the cyclone.

Navy and Coast Guard ships and helicopters, relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in strategic locations, while Army and Air Force units have been put on standby as the cyclonic storm is approaching the coast, officials said. The NDRF has deployed 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (8), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (5) and it is keeping on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh, an official said.

The Odisha government has cancelled all leaves of doctors and health staff up to 15 May to deal with any possible situation. The central government has released advance financial assistance of Rs 1,086 crore to assist states in undertaking preventive and relief measures. Of the sanctioned amount, Odisha will receive Rs 340.87 crore, Tamil Nadu Rs 309.37 crore, West Bengal Rs 235.50 crore and Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 200.25 crore.

While Odisha braces for the “extremely severe cyclonic storm”, which will sustain a wind speed of 175-185 kmph, gusting up to 205 kmph, the Election Commission lifted the Model Conduct in 11 coastal districts.

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