Cyclone Fani Live Updates: Storm Makes Landfall in Odisha Coast Near Puri

Guwahati, May 3, 2019

Tropical Cyclone Fani made landfall in Puri on Odisha coast on May 3rd, 2019 at around 8:30 am triggering heavy rainfall coupled with high-velocity winds with speed of 175 kmph in vast areas.

The process of landfall is expected to continue for the next two hours, the weather office said. Under its impact high-velocity wind is sweeping across several coastal districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda and Gajapati and so on.

The “extremely severe” cyclonic storm “fani” is very likely to move north-northeastwards and weaken into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 6 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) tweeted.

Check out the LIVE UPDATES HERE:

7:30 PM: The ferry services between Guwahati and North Guwahati will remain shut from May 4th, 2019 till May 5th, 2019 after a high alert was sounded in Assam in the face of the impending cyclonic storm Fani.

7:17 PM: According to IMD, cyclone Fani has started weakening.

7:08 PM: Cyclone Fani pummels AIIMS Bhubaneswar building, Hostel roof was torn off.

04:00 PM: The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Hailakandi has asked the people not to panic in the light of the cyclonic storm Fani. Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), DDMA, EL Faihriem said as per information received from the State Emergency Operation Centre, Assam there is a chance of light to moderate rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya on May 4th and 5th, 2019.

03:50 PM: In wake of the monstrous Cyclone Fani, the movement of heavy vehicles from Haflong to Silchar and other parts of the district has been restricted.

03:45 PM: Around 150 pilgrims from Assam are stranded in Puri city. The group went on a pilgrimage tour to the Jagannath temple in the coastal city.

03:31 PM: The Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) through a tweet confirmed that the “very severe” cyclonic storm has moved slightly towards Northwards, Northeast of Bhubaneshwar.

03:25 PM: High alert sounded in Assam. Bhabesh Kalita, State Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, said, “All Deputy Commissioners (DCs) have been directed to take up the necessary measures. The State Disaster Response Force and National Disaster Response Force have also been alerted.”

03:20 PM: Around 23 to and fro flights have been cancelled from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport(LGBI)

03:15 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally at Rajasthan said that over Rs 1,000 crore had been released in advance for the states affected by Cyclone Fani.

03:00 PM: A red alert has been sounded in coastal West Bengal. The state government has taken up all precautionary measures for several coastal districts to avert any untoward incident

02:30 PM: A 32-year-old woman gives birth to a baby girl at a Railway Hospital in Bhubaneshwar amid the strong winds and the heavy rainfall. The baby has been named after the cyclonic storm, Fani.

02:15 PM: At least three persons have died in Odisha state after the cyclone made its landfall today morning. A teenager was killed due to the uprooting of trees near Sakhigopal area in Puri district. In another incident flying debris from a concrete structure hit a woman in Nayagarh district, she was reported dead. A 65-year-old woman died at Debendranarayanpur village in Kendrapara district, due to a suspected heart attack at a cyclone shelter

01:55 PM: The Goa unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has written to the President, Prime Minister and Union HRD ministry — requesting them to postpone the NEET exam, in wake of cyclonic Fani and difficulties faced by students of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

01:45 PM: BJP Chief Amit Shah’s election rallies in Jharkhand cancelled due to Cyclone Fani. Shah, who was supposed to address rallies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 6th for three Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand

01:30 PM: The Indian Oil Corporation(IOC) has made arrangements for uninterrupted supply of petrol, diesel, LPG and jet fuel in Odisha and West Bengal that faced a category-4 cyclone

01:25 PM: Mamata Banerjee cancels all her rallies for the next 48 hours in the wake of ‘impending’ Cyclone Fani in her home state.

01:20 PM: Kolkata Airport to remain shut from 3 PM today to 8 AM, May 4th 2019

01:16 PM: A satellite image of the Cyclonic Fani approaching the Indian states

01:15 PM: As per the IMD the Cyclone Fani has weakened into 10 km east of Bhubaneshwar and 30 km south of Cuttack.

01:00 PM: Food being distributed at cyclone shelter set up at Sea Aquarium, in Paradip

12: 50 PM: NDRF team deployed in West Bengal’s Digha evacuated total 132 people, including 52 children, from Dattapur and Tajpur. They have been taken to a shelter.

12:49 PM: Several trees have been uprooted in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar as strong winds hit the region under the influence of Cyclone Fani.

12:47 PM: Indian Navy’s P-8I and Dornier are being scheduled to be launched in the afternoon for undertaking aerial survey to assess the extent of impact and devastation post Cyclone Fani crossing the coast.

12:40 PM: Airlines must immediately respond to concerns of passengers affected by Cyclone Fani, directs Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu.

12:10 PM: All govt schools in Bengal have announced summer holidays from today. Summer holidays were pre-poned keeping in mind Cyclone Fani. Kolkata airport will be shutting down at 9 pm tonight and will remain shut till 6 pm tomorrow in view of Cyclone Fani’s impacts

12:05 PM: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued helpline number 1938 for Cyclone Fani. The number has now been made operational

12:00 PM: 13 Navy aircraft are at standby in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam to carry out damage assessment and relief distribution requirements

11:55 AM: As per a report by the ANI, the Cyclone Fani has moved away from Andhra Pradesh and the IMD has issued a de-warning. 3 districts in the state were impacted by heavy rainfall.

11:45 AM: Over 1 million people have been evacuated from vulnerable districts in last 24 hours, about 5000 kitchens are operating to serve people in shelters

11: 40 AM: Flights from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar airport have been cancelled due to cyclone Fani, several airlines have waived off cancellation charges. Air India said no penalties will be charged for “re-issuance, date change, no-show, cancellation and refund” if the passenger is travelling to and from Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam between May 3rd and May 5th.

11:35 AM: Over 223 trains cancelled along the Odisha coastline in the Kolkata-Chennai route in view of cyclone Fani, said the Indian Railways. The trains include the Howrah-Chennai Central Coromandal Express, Patna-Eranakulam Express, New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express and the Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) announced the cancellation of three long-distance trains. The 07149 Secunderabad-Kamakhya Special Fare Special, which was scheduled for May 3rd, 2019, the 15643 Puri-Kamakhya Express, which was scheduled for May 4th, 2019, and the 07150 Kamakhya-Secunderabad Special Fare Special trains have all been cancelled.

The 12507 Thiruvananthapuram-Silchar Central Express which was scheduled for May 7th, 2019, the 12513 Secunderabad-Guwahati Express which was scheduled to depart on May 5th, 2019 and the 15930 Dibrugarh-Tambaram Express which was scheduled for May 5th, 2019 have also been cancelled by the railway authorities.

11:17 AM: About 10,000 villages and 52 towns in nine districts in India’s eastern state of Odisha are in the direct line of Tropical Cyclone Fani.

11:13 AM: The cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is likely to move north-northeastwards and weaken into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 6 hours.

11:09 AM: Large areas in Puri and other places were submerged with water as heavy rains battered the entire coastal belt of the state. Several trees were uprooted and thatched structures destroyed at some places including Bhubaneswar.

11:08 AM: The Press Information Bureau (PIB) tweeted a video to show the sheer impact of Cyclone Fani’s landfall at Puri.

10:40 AM: Extremely heavy downpour is occurring in Puri, Khurda, Bhubaneswar, Jagatsinghpur, Air India Radio said in a tweet. The impact of the cyclone will last till this evening.

10:24 AM: One person died due to the uprooting of trees in Puri.
09:00 AM: The Indian Coast Guard has positioned 34 Disaster Relief Teams at Vizag, Chennai, Paradip, Gopalpur, Haldia, Frazergunj and Kolkata besides four Coast Guard ships at Vizag and Chennai.