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FANI's Impact Will Be More Than Titli, Less Than Phailin, Says IMD ADG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

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01 May 2019

Baibhav Mishra

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Bhubaneswar: Very heavy rainfall will lash within an area of 100 kilometres from Puri which will come under the radii of the cyclone FANI, on Friday and Saturday. This will be accompanied by a storm surge of 1.5 to 2 metres which will trigger an inflow of saline water into low lying areas.

The downpour and storm surge together is likely to spur serious floods in Puri and Khruda districts which would be the most affected districts in the aftermath of extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI, Additional Director General (ADG), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) New Delhi, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.

The impact of FANI will be more than Titli and less than Phailin. This cyclone's intensity seems to be similar to that of Hudhud, he said.

"A size of a cyclone is around 500 kilometres. And as it moves, the eye or centre of the cyclone is 30 kilometres diametrically. Since, FANI is going to hit Puri on Friday evening, the places in 100 to 150 kilometres distance from the district will be severely affected," he said speaking to OMMCOM NEWS.

Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda and Ganjam are the target areas (of FANI) which would bear the maximum impact. After landfall, the cyclone will move north northeastward towards West Bengal. During this movement, Odisha’s coastal district such as, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur will face FANI, he said.

As the wind speeds would exceed 100 kilometres per hour, the probability of electricity and communication poles getting uprooted are high. "We have issued an alert on stoppage of train and bus services on Friday and Saturday. Similarly, the air traffic would also be on halt for a brief period on the day of landfall at Bhubaneswar airport," said Mohapatra.

Almost all districts of Odisha will be having heavy rainfall on May 3 and May 4. In some places the rainfall might exceed 30 centimetres. Both floods and rains will inflict major damage to standing and harvested crops in Puri, Khurda and Jagatsinghpur districts, Mohapatra said.

“As of now we should be concerned about the impact of the system on land instead of pointing out the exact location of landfall,” the IMD ADG concluded.

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Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Additional DG, IMD, New Delhi