Bhubaneswar: In view of the possible cyclonic storm ‘Fani’, the Fire Services Department has cancelled all leaves of its personnel and directed them to join duty as soon as possible.
Fire Services Director General BK Sharma said around 347 additional fire personnel will be deployed in coastal districts like Cuttack, Puri, Khordha, Balasore and Bhadrak by Tuesday evening to deal with any kind of emergencies during the cyclone.
He also informed that sixty additional fire staff for Cuttack and 30 personnel for Bhubaneswar have been kept on standby for the possible cyclone.
Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi informed that 889 multi-purpose shelters have been kept ready to accommodate people residing in seaside areas.
The evacuation process will begin from May 2 afternoon. Meanwhile, the State Government also cancelled leave of Government officials of four districts- Puri, Ganjam, Kendrapara and Khurda.
according to the latest IMD bulletin, the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as ‘FONI’) over Southeast and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 23 kmph in last six hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 30th April, 2019 near latitude 12.3°N and longitude 86.2°E over Southeast & adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal, about 830 km nearly south of Puri (Odisha) and 670 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and about 680 km northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).
It is very likely to intensify further into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till 01st May evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and reach Odisha Coast by 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 gusting to 200 kmph.