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PM Modi reviews preparedness for Cyclone Fani

Bhubaneswar: A day before an extremely severe Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall in Puri district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high level meeting and reviewed the preparedness.

The Indian Meteorological Department said Cyclone Fani is heading towards Puri with wind speeds ranging between 180-190km per hour gusting to 210 kmph and is expected to make landfall between 10 am and 12 noon on Friday near Balukhanda area in Puri district.

Fani lay centred about 360 km south-southwest of Puri and 190 km off Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh till 11.30 am on Thursday and was moving towards the coast at a speed of 16km an hour.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, and other senior officials from the IMD, NDRF, NDMA and PMO.

The PM was briefed on the likely path of the cyclone, and the ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken.

The PM directed to ensure adequate resources; deployment of teams from NDRF and the Armed Forces; arrangements to provide drinking water; and standby systems to restore power and telecom services.

He also instructed senior Central Government officers to maintain close coordination with officers of the affected States, to ensure preventive measures, and also to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations, as required.

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