Cyclone Fani, worst of its kind in intensity, has made landfall in the eastern coastal areas of India which further triggered heavy downpour, strong winds, and flooding. The strong winds of more than 200 km/h (125mph) hit the eastern states including Orissa from where rescue teams have moved more than one million people to safest places.
Meanwhile, two deaths have been reported in Orissa. A man died with a heart attack while another killed after crushing by a falling tree. In or out flights have postponed and government offices have closed in the state. Government has put naval warships and helicopters on standby and deployed rescue teams.
India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has requested fisherman to avoid open sea amid powerful cyclone. The local met agency has also issued warning of a storm gush of 1.5m (5ft) which can destroy lowland houses. The tourist town of Puri is also on the way to Fani which is famous for Jagannath temple. Cyclone Fani will affect 15 districts of Orissa before downgraded on Saturday.
Fani will next lash the shore of Chittagong, Bangladesh after downgraded but can cause high tides which will bring flooding in the area. The authorities have issued an alert in Cox’s Bazar city. Currently, most of the Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in refugee camps of the city.
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