High velocity of wind, followed by heavy rainfall triggered as cyclone Fani, the most severe cyclonic storm hit the temple town of Puri around 8am on Friday. The roaring and howling wind which moved at a speed of 200 kmph left the streets of Bhubaneshwar deserted.
The super cyclone Fani which was equivalent to Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale moved close to north coastal Andhra before it made a landfall in Odisha. According to IMD (Indian Meteorological Department), it will hit West Bengal in the evening and then it is expected to move towards Assam before tapering off.
Several trees, electricity polls and telecom polls were uprooted at many places including Bhubaneshwar. A large area along the coastal belt of Odisha has been submerged due to heavy rainfall. Telecom networks and power supply has been severely affected.
The roof of a building at AIIMS Bhubaneshwar was ripped off by storm, but no casualties were reported. Student of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology were horrified when the windows of their hostel room broke. Videos on social showed a large crane being blown over in Bubaneshwar.
At least three been killed so far out of which two died of heart-attack at shelter home. All flights from Bhubaneshwar were cancelled from midnight and Kolkata airport was declared closed from Friday 3pm till Saturday 8pm. Over 200 trains have been cancelled including 83 passenger trains. Operations at Pradip, Gopalpur and Dhamra ports were closed.
More than a million people were evacuated and shifted to shelter homes by the state government. The election commission lifted the model code in 11 districts of Odisha to facilitate speedy relief and rescue operation. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Disaster Management were on standby as per the instruction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi who postponed his rally in the state has sanctioned Rs. 1000 Crore for rehabilitation.