The following blog was live from 4th May to 5th May 2019
It was Friday 3rd May when the strongest storm of the last 20 years turned into a cyclone shook the nation by killing 7 people on the first day.
Earlier it was Srilanka massacre that caused deaths and havoc. The world couldn’t get over that and now this cyclone called ‘Fani’ played its role in further destruction.
On 21st April, IMD (India Meteorological Department) forecasted the cyclone. It was expected to hit Odisha (Orissa) coast between 10 am and 12 pm on Friday. Which is why the government made special efforts to control the potential damages, the most significant one was to evacuate 8,00,000 people from the region. Thanks to the forecast, so many lives saved!
After that, the Fani cyclone started moving further towards north-east along India’s east coast, Bangladesh. 4,00,000 people were evacuated on Friday afternoon itself and aimed to evacuate 2.1 million by evening – as said by the State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, Enamur Rahman.
To give you a clear peek into the whole situation created by Fani, we’ve compiled this live blog in reverse chronological order ⬇︎
5 May 2019
▶︎ 08:34 PM IST Onwards
States which contributed to Odisha
- Tamil Nadu: Rs 10 crore.
- Maharashtra: Rs 10 crore.
- Uttar Pradesh: Rs 10 crore
- Gujarat: Rs 5 crore
- Chhattisgarh: Rs 11 crore
▶︎ 12:39 PM IST Onwards
UN agency praises India on minimising loss of life from Cyclone Fani
The UN agency for disaster reduction has commended the Indian Meteorological Department’s “almost pinpoint accuracy” of early warnings that helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimize the loss of life as extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani made landfall near the coastal city of Puri.
▶︎ 12:26 PM IST Onwards
The Japanese diplomat Mami Mizutori gave a pat on the back to India by tweeting.
India’s zero casualty approach to managing extreme weather events is a major contribution to the implementation of the #SendaiFramework and the reduction of loss of life from such events. I look forward to hearing more about #CycloneFani at the #GP2019Geneva May 13-17. https://t.co/AqwCwNRjxE
— Mami Mizutori (@HeadUNISDR) May 3, 2019
▶︎ 09:11 AM IST Onwards
16 dead in Odisha, massive restoration work mounted
The death toll rose to 16 in Odisha yesterday as the government mounted a massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas ravaged by the storm that pounded coastal parts of the state, affecting nearly one crore people.
The toll due to Cyclone Fani, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 16 yesterday — four deaths in Mayurbhanj district, 3 each in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Jajpur; and 1 each in Keonjhar, Nayagarh and Kendrapara, officials said. (PTI)
▶︎ 07:23 AM IST Onwards
Not much damage by in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
Except for damaging a few huts, Cyclone Fani did not cause much havoc in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said as the severe cyclonic storm weakened on May 4 morning and headed towards neighboring Bangladesh.
While flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am, train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections are also getting back to normal.
The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) resumed its routine operation on May 4 morning at both Haldia and Kolkata docks.
4 May 2019
▶︎ 11:02 PM IST Onwards
Cyclone Fani: IAF sends 3 Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar for relief ops
The Indian Air Force Saturday sent three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar from Hindan Air Base for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, an IAF spokesperson said.
The aircraft are carrying approximate 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the locations affected by Cyclone Fani.
▶︎ 10:49 PM IST Onwards
In the aftermath of the devastation caused by severe cyclone ‘Fani’, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has launched a massive rescue and rehabilitation effort in Odisha.
▶︎ 08:24 PM IST Onwards
14 dead, 63 injured as cyclone ‘Fani’ hits Bangladesh
At least 14 people were killed and 63 others injured as cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ barrelled into Bangladesh on May 4, a day after leaving a trail of destruction in eastern Indian coastlines, media reports said.
However, Bangladesh Disaster Management Ministry officially confirmed four deaths — two in Barguna and one each in Bhola and Noakhali — on the basis of “initial reports” from the three coastal districts and said it was yet to compile the details of the casualties and damages caused by the cyclone.
▶︎ 06:33 PM IST Onwards
As cyclone ‘Fani’ has moved away, flight operations resumed at Kolkata and Bhubaneswar airports on May 4, said the ministry of civil aviation. “Flight operations to and from Bhubaneswar airport has resumed. Alliance Air flight from Ranchi is the first flight to land,” tweeted the ministry.
▶︎ 05:46 PM IST Onwards
Hyundai Motor India has stationed a dedicated emergency road service team to support the Fani cyclone affected customers or vehicles in the states of Odisha and West Bengal.
▶︎ 04:24 PM IST Onwards
Number of dead rises to 12
The number of dead due to Cyclone Fani, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 12 with four fresh casualties reported from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, officials said, adding, detailed information from many areas was still awaited, reported news agency PTI.
▶︎ 01:36 PM IST Onwards
1.2 million evacuated, says Naveen Patnaik
“A record of 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours, 3.2 lakh from Ganjam, 1.3 lakh from Puri and almost 7,000 kitchens catering to 9,000 shelters were made functional overnight. This mammoth exercise involved more than 45,000 volunteers,” says Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
▶︎ 12:50 PM IST Onwards
Air India announces additional flights
Air India has announced additional flights today from Delhi to Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar to Delhi for passengers stranded due to the cyclonic storm.
▶︎ 12:27 PM IST Onwards
Randeep Kumar Rana, DIG Operations of NDRF, says: “Cyclone Fani has weakened and is covering areas of West Bengal in the form of cyclone. It is further moving towards Bangladesh. The situation is under control and there is not much damaging effect. 9 teams of NDRF are present in West Bengal.”
▶︎ 11:43 AM IST Onwards
Cyclonic storm Fani has weakened and is moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre says.
▶︎ 09:16 AM IST Onwards
Air India is helping people of Odisha affected by the cyclone. It says if anyone wants to send relief material to the areas affected by the storm. Air India will ship it free-of-cost.
▶︎ 08:50 AM IST Onwards
Severe Cyclone Fani weakens into a cyclonic storm and lies centered at 60 km north west of Kolkata, says India Meteorological Department. The storm will weaken into Deep Depression and move into Bangladesh by noon.
▶︎ 08:37 AM IST Onwards
Cyclone Fani is the strongest cyclonic storm since the Super Cyclone of 1999, which claimed close to 10,000 lives and battered the Odisha coast for 30 hours. The Meteorological Department said it is the first cyclonic storm of such severity in April in India’s oceanic neighbourhood in 43 years.
▶︎ 08:29 AM IST Onwards
Eight people have been killed since the cyclone made landfall in Odisha. At its strongest on Friday, Cyclone Fani reached around 185 kmph as it swept across Odisha. Over 11 lakh people were evacuated from the state.
▶︎ 07:59 AM IST Onwards
Cyclone Fani has now been categorised as “very severe” after it relatively weakened on entering West Bengal from remaining on “extremely severe” cyclonic storm category.
▶︎ 07:55 AM IST Onwards
Trees uprooted in Digha
— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2019
▶︎ 07:53 AM IST Onwards
In the sea resort of Digha, the win speed reached 70 kmph in some areas, in Frazerganj the wind velocity was between 60 and 70 kmph. Kharagpur has so far recorded 95 mm rainfall, which will continue for the next two to three hours.
▶︎ 07:39 AM IST Onwards
Rain lashes Kolkata
— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2019
▶︎ 07:39 AM IST Onwards
“The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 a.m. through Odisha’s Balasore. It crossed Kharagpur packing a wind of 70-80 kmph, gusting to 90 kmph,” Regional Meteorological Centre’s Deputy Director General Sanjib Bandyopadhyay says.