Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Tuesday issued a special directive to district Collectors of coastal and other parts of the State to remain alert to contain the advancing Cyclone Fani without loss of single human life in their respective districts.
Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi informed this to the media this morning. He said fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea and all leave applications of Government officials in coastal districts have been cancelled.
As many as 20 units of ODRAF teams and 12 units of NDRF units have been deployed in different districts. Similarly, Fire Service personnel have been kept ready at different places. While 60 Fire Service Officers have been deployed in Cuttack, 30 have been employed in Bhubaneswar to contain any possible untoward situation that may occur due to the cyclonic storm.
It may be mentioned that the Cyclone Fani, which now lay centred in the Bay of Bengal from 690 km from Chennai and 769 km from Machchlipanaam, has turned into a very severe cyclonic storm and is moving at a speed of 16 km per hour.
According to the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, the cyclone Fani is unlikely to hit Puri coast as predicted earlier. The cyclone, which is moving north and northwestwardly directions, may make landfall somewhere between Balasore and Digha on May 4.
By the impact of the storm, heavy rainfall is expected to occur in Odisha and West Bengal from May 2. After landfall, the wind is expected to blow between 150 and 180 km per hour.