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FANI Update: Extremely Severe Cyclone To Cross Puri's Krushnaprasad Block On May 3

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30 April 2019

Baibhav Mishra

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Bhubaneswar: FANI happens to be a system of rare sorts and one whose course has been extremely difficult to predict. It is around 48 hours from now, when the extremely severe cyclone hits Odisha coast, however, the exact location of landfall is yet to be ascertained.

As per the latest forecast by Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, the cyclone FANI track moved further landward side in Odisha. The cyclone would cross near Udayagiri of Krushnaprasad block of Puri district on May 3  afternoon at a wind speed of about 185 kmph.

It would pass through Khurda, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts in Odisha before going to West Bengal, the latest bulletin released by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner stated.

The impact of the cyclone would be severe because at the time it hits land, the wind speed would rise upto 205 kilometres per hour accompanied by heavy rains, SRC Odisha Bishnupada Sethi said.

"The administration has been placed of very high alert and we are focussing on evacuation from the vulnerable areas. The Collectors have been instructed accordingly and they are working on war-footing to minimise losses," Sethi added.

The State Government has mobilised senior IAS officers to different districts to guide the Collectors and supervise the preparedness, relief and restoration in the aftermath of FANI.

Senior officials of the State Government, Suresh Mohapatra will be leaving for Puri, Pradipta Mohapatra for Jagatsinghpur, Pradip Jena for Kendrapada and Anil Samal for Jajpur to monitor the ongoing efforts to brace FANI's impact.

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Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha