Fani cyclone claimed six people in Odisha

Cyclone ‘Fani’ rolled through Odisha today, packing rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, leaving at least six people dead, blowing away thatched houses, and swamping towns and villages. The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ or the ‘Hood of Snake’ made landfall around 8 am in Puri, with roaring winds flattening huts, enveloping the pilgrim town in sheets of rain, and submerging homes in residential areas.

Among those killed was a teenage boy who died after a tree collapsed on him in Puri. Flying debris from a concrete structure left a woman dead in Nayagarh. An elderly woman died of heart attack at a relief shelter in Kendrapara district.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik reviews the situation of the state after the landfall of cyclone Fani. The state has evacuated over 11 lakh people to mitigate the affects of the severe storm. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik reviews the situation of the state after the landfall of cyclone Fani. The state has evacuated over 11 lakh people to mitigate the affects of the severe storm.

Andhra Prdesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has said that 733 villages in his state were affected in his state due to cyclone Fani. The chief minister has stated an estimated loss of Rs 10 crore in his state. The MeT Department has predicted light to moderate rainfall in most places with heavy to very rains at isolated places over Srikakulam district in the state today.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh today evacuated over five lakh people from its southwestern districts as cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, brewing over the Bay of Bengal, is drawing closer and is likely to hit the country late night and cause severe damage after ravaging the Indian coastlines. Met office spokesman Omar Faruque said the cyclone is likely to “enter Bangladesh through Khulna coastlines and will take the entire night to cross the country, ravaging southwestern” coastline districts.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is currently on an official trip to London, issued directives asking all public and private organisations to work in a well-coordinated way to face the cyclone. “Work in a well-coordinated way to face the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ and minimise the loss of lives and property,” she said in a statement issued from London and urged people to remain prepared to face the natural disaster.

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