03 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: The city which was already overcast since Thursday midnight witnessed the severest form of cyclone Fani on Friday. While Fani made a landfall at Puri at 8:12 am today morning, the eye of the storm crossed Bhubaneswar four hours later at around 12:10 pm.
The Capital City recorded wind speed of 170 to 180 kmph with gusts upto 200 kmph, along with very heavy rainfall. Such windspeed was unprecedented for Bhubaneswar. Probably it was the second time after 1999 super cyclone the residents of the Temple City witnessed a cyclone, scariest to the true sense of the term.
To make the matters worse, this phenomenon lasted on Bhubaneswar for around 2 hours which is quite high for a cyclone of this magnitude. A child from Unit 6 area was killed during the same period when Fani's eye was wreaking havoc.
After spitting rage and fury for around three and a half hours, the eye of the cyclone proceeded towards Jagatsinghpur district. The State Government officials and urban body authorities will make an assessment of the scale of damage, once the incessant rains reduce.
A large number of trees have been uprooted and have blocked some of the major thoroughfares in Bhubaneswar. Reports about several electricity poles getting uprooted have also surfaced from some parts of the Capital City.
On the other hand, water-logging began at several lanes. Emergency services like ambulance also had a hard time reaching the people. Hoardings were torn apart and tin establishments were reduced to the ground.
Till the filing of this report, heavy rains and winds continued to batter the smart city.