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Cyclone FANI: Sudarsan Pattnaik’s Sand Art Appeals People To Stay Calm & Help Each Other

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02 May 2019


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Puri: As Cyclone FANI is set to make landfall in Odisha Coast tomorrow, sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has sculpted a creation along the (now) vulnerable Puri sea beach. With an eye of the storm in the middle of the sculpture, he has tweeted, “Appeal to all Don’t Panic! Stay safe and help each other during Cyclone Fani. My sand art at Puri beach in Odisha.”

He has also said, “I pray to Lord Jagannath to keep everyone safe and secure. I urge the people to stay united and not panic. Please cooperate with the administration and shift to safe places.”

Currently, Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ over Westcentral Bay of Bengal moved at speed of 15 kmph and lay centered about 430 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 225 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 650 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) today morning. It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri during 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind speed of 170- 180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.

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Sudarsan Pattnaik