03 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: Tropical cyclone Fani made its landfall by crossing Odisha coast at Puri with wind speed touching 175 kilometres per hour. The exact time of the landfall has been estimated to be at 8:10 am on Friday morning.
This is exactly the speed and path the IMD scientists had predicted. The system is approximately 15 to 20 kilometres from the coast which indicates the process of landfall.
As the landfall process started from 7:30 am onwards, wind speed picked up in Puri. It was earlier recorded to be 85 kmph and gradually went up to 175 kmph. Tree branches and hoardings in mainland Puri snapped due to ferocity of the wind speed and visibility became negligent as rain battered the area.
Heavy downpur coupled with squall was experienced in coastal Odisha. Several electric lines also snapped in the process and many villages were also cut off due to the wrath of the nature. The sea surged to about 1.5 meter height above astronomical tide, as was predicted by IMD. About ten thousand villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are likely to be affected by cyclonic storm Fani.
In view of the aftermath, Odisha Government had conducted mass evacuation of over 10 lakh people during the last 24 hours. After shifting them to safe shelters, the people were also provided with free kitchen facility. Already 28 teams of NDRF, 18 teams of ODRAF teams and over 500 teams of Odisha Fire Services have been deployed for relief and rescue operation work.
Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt with relief material and medical teams have been deployed to commence rescue operation as soon as the cyclone crosses coast.
Aircraft have been kept standby for immediate deployment to carry out aerial survey as soon as the cyclone crosses coast to assess the impact of the cyclone and aid in rescue operation. Helicopters are also kept standby for joining in the rescue operation and for air dropping of relief material when required.
As per Met officials the landfall will continue for the next 3 to 4 hours till 12 noon. The storm is expected to pass through Khurda, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara and other coastal districts as well. The impact and intensity of the system will last till late evening today.