Odisha: Over 40 Flights, 147 Trains Cancelled

Bhubaneswar: As cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall tomorrow morning at Odisha coast in Puri, over 40 flights and 147 trains have been cancelled in the state.

According to reports all flights including 24 Indigo flights to and from Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport have been cancelled for 24 hours due to severe cyclonic storm Fani.

Similarly, all trains between Bhadrak and Visakhapatnam has been cancelled by east coast railway. Trains from North will wait at Kharagpur and trains from South will stop before Visakhapatnam till May 4. A total number of 147 trains in Odisha has been cancelled.

Fani was generating maximum sustained winds of 170-180 km (105-111 miles) per hour, the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Cyclone tracker Tropical Storm Risk rated Fani a mid-range category 3 storm.

The navy has deployed seven warships and has six planes and seven helicopters on standby along with divers, rubber boats, medical teams and relief materials.

Authorities have also shut down operations at two major ports – Paradip and Visakhapatnam – and ships have been ordered to move out to avoid damage.

State government has deployed hundreds of disaster management personnel, closed schools and colleges and asked doctors and other health officials not to go on leave until May 15.

In 1999, a super-cyclone battered the coast of Odisha for 30 hours, killing 10,000 people. A mass evacuation of nearly 10 lakh people saved thousands of lives during cyclone Phailin in 2013.

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