Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall on Friday afternoon near Puri, which is likely to bear the brunt of the storm. The India Meteorological Department is warning of sustained wind speeds of 105-112mph.
ALSO ON RT.COMPepsi to drop cases against Indian farmers accused of infringing potato patentMillions of people live where the cyclone is expected to hit. 780,000 were evacuated overnight. Some 1,000 shelters have been set up in schools and government buildings.
An ‘Orange Alert’ has been issued in the states of Odisha and West Bengal, as well parts of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone could damage crops, homes, communication infrastructure and cause flooding.
Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI about 450 km south-southwest of Puri at 0530 hrs IST of 02nd May, 2019. To cross Odisha coast around Puri by afternoon of 3rd May. https://t.co/wRl94BRtm1pic.twitter.com/nzGmV2Jr6O
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) May 2, 2019
The National Disaster Management Authority has shared safety guidelines warning people to stay indoors if their homes are safe.
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) April 26, 2019
The India Meteorological Department said Cyclone Fani was over the West-central Bay of Bengal and moving north-north-eastwards at a speed of about 9mph on Thursday afternoon.
In 2017, Cyclone Ockhi killed more than 200 people and displaced hundreds on India’s east coast.