Odisha On Yellow Alert As ‘Fani’ Approaches

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that Cyclone ‘Fani’, which intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ is headed towards the Odisha coast and will be making landfall on Friday. The wind speed of the storm is expected to be about 175-185 kmph. In anticipation of this, the Odisha government has declared holiday at schools and colleges in the state and is taking steps to ensure the safety of all citizens.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier requested the Chief Election Commissioner to withdraw the Model Code of Conduct. Responding to the request, the Election Commission (EC) has revoked the Model Code of Conduct in 11 districts of Odisha.

Places such as Boudh, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh and other areas along the coastline will experience heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Fani as warned by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Security forces, Navy and Coast Guard ships and helicopters, relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been stationed at various places in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu for help.

Odisha has officially been put on ‘Yellow Alert’ and fishermen have been advised to stay away from the sea. The government has also advised tourists to leave Puri by the evening of May 2 and cancel any non-essential travel to the district.

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