Odisha gears up to tackle Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ impact

Bhubaneswar: After the possibility of landfall of Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ in Tamil Nadu or Andhra Pradesh was ruled out by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Pahi today convened a preparatory meeting.

“As per forecast by the IMD and US Navy, the cyclonic storm will not cross any coast of India. However, it might pass near coast. We have kept a close watch on the situation and taken precautionary measures. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into sea. We are ready to tackle any eventuality,” said Padhi after the meeting.

“As many as 12 NDRF and 20 ODRAF teams are currently functional in the state. More than 300 Fire personnel are also in readiness,” he added.

Special Relief Commissioner, DGP, NDRF officials and Secretaries of various departments of the State Government were present in the meeting.

On the other hand, the possibility of landfall of the cyclonic storm in Odisha is under continuous watch by the IMD. The system is very likely to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and later into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.

It is likely to trigger light to moderate rainfall at few places in south coastal Odisha on May 2 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Odisha from May 3, a bulletin of the IMD said.

Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along & off Odisha coasts from May 2 and likely to become 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from May 3 onwards, the bulletin added.

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