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Cyclone Fani crosses Odisha coast

Cyclone Fani, a severe cyclonic storm, made landfall impact on Friday, May 3, 2019 around 8.00 a.m. south of Puri on the Odisha coast. The entire process is expected to happen over the next two hours. The Odisha government on Thursday evacuated over 11 lakh people from low-lying areas in 15 districts.

MHA Control Room Helpline Number- 1938 becomes operational to provide latest updates.

Fani has turned out to be another blow for Srikakulam district which had witnessed unprecedented damage with the impact of Titli cyclone in the month of October, 2018.

Both private and government properties worth of ₹38.43 crore got damaged due to cyclonic storm Fani. Compared to cyclone Titli, the damage is relatively less this time say officials. Due to cyclonic storm Fani, horticulture crops such as coconut, cashew, banana and others were damaged in 1030 acres. Paddy, maize and other crops were damaged in 2100 acres in the district. 

The initial estimation of loss is around ₹20 crore although the government had estimated only ₹4 crore loss to the crops. Enumeration teams will visit cyclone affected areas on Saturday and Sunday to assess the damage and submit a detailed report to the government which would in turn announce the compensation to the farmers.

Civic property such as roads, street lights, canals, water pipe lines got damaged in several mandals including at Itchapuram, Kaviti, Kanchili, Tekkali and other places. Heavy down pour and gales which moved with a speed of 140 km caused untold miseries to the people. Many vehicles were stranded on National Highway connecting Chennai-Kolkata with the fall of age old trees on national highway. The situation was horrible in state highways and Panchayat roads. Srikakulam District Fire Officer Ch.Kripavaram said that 44 tree cutting and relief teams had continuously worked to remove uprooted trees. “Our recent experience in Titli helped us to monitor the relief operations quickly in remote areas. Now, vehicle movement is as usual,” he added.

With the association of senior IAS officers and former Collectors KS Jawahar Reddy and K.Dhananjaya Reddy, Srikakulam Collector J.Niwas and Joint Collector KVN Chakradhar Babu monitored the relief operations in cyclone affected areas. Parvatipuram ITDA Project Officer G. Lakshmi Sha and Sithampeta ITDA Project Officer L. Siva Sankar also monitored the situation in the district. “The situation is absolutely under control. There was no human loss. It is a major relief for the people as well as adminsitration,” said Mr. Niwas while speaking to media.

As Fani devastates the capital city, access to the Raj Bhavan, the State Assembly and the offices of various department heads have all been cut off by felled trees blocking the roads.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit on Friday reported extensive damage hours after the Category 4 Cyclone Fani made landfall on the Odisha coast wreaking havoc and leaving a trail of destruction.

“Extensive damage to structure of AIIMS Bhubaneswar reported. All patients, staff, students safe. Many water tanks have blown off,lighting poles are down, air-conditioners damaged. We have enough supplies, ready to support the state,” said Health Secretary Preeti Sudan.

In several videos doing rounds on social media, several showed the impact of the powerful gales and heavy rain after Fani hit around 10 a.m.

The roof of a building at AIIMS Bhubaneswar was seen being ripped off in one such video clip that was tweeted by the government’s media department, villages submerged and trees and electricity poles uprooted.

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