Cyclone Fani Update
Cyclone Fani hit West Bengal early today morning and is likely to continue in the North-east direction with a wind speed of 90km/hr.
Nine people have died in Odisha so far and several areas in Puri were submerged as heavy rain battered the coast, officials said.
The cyclonic storm — the strongest cyclone in India in 20 years — is weakening gradually as it moves into West Bengal.
The Odisha government has evacuated over 11 lakh people to camps on higher grounds.
Over Rs. 1,000 crore had been released in advance for the states affected by Cyclone Fani by Central Government.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ or the ‘Hood of Snake’ made landfall around 8am in Puri, with roaring winds flattening huts, enveloping the pilgrim town in sheets of rain, and submerging homes.
Though the ‘extremely severe’ cyclone unexpectedly weakened into ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm in a matter of few hours, it left a trail of devastation in large parts of coastal Odisha, with the seaside pilgrim town of Puri being the worst hit.