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Cyclone FANI: 1.2 mn Evacuated as Powerful Storm Hits Odisha

India | News18 | May 3, 2019, 2:45 pm
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 Over 10 lakh people have been evacuated to temporary shelters in Odisha as Cyclone Fani, the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999, is set to make a landfall today close to the temple town of Puri.<br /><br />Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds preceding the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha. (Image: AP)

Over 10 lakh people have been evacuated to temporary shelters in Odisha as Cyclone Fani, the most severe cyclonic storm since the super cyclone of 1999, is set to make a landfall today close to the temple town of Puri.

Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds preceding the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha. (Image: AP)

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 Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra appeals to villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas to shift to cyclone shelter house, in Brahmapur. (Image: PTI)

Superintendent of Police Pinak Mishra appeals to villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas to shift to cyclone shelter house, in Brahmapur. (Image: PTI)

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 Villagers of Chandrabhaga fishing village arrive to take shelter at a government-run school building after they were evacuated by the authorities in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

Villagers of Chandrabhaga fishing village arrive to take shelter at a government-run school building after they were evacuated by the authorities in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers are seen inside a shelter house following evacuations as part of emergency measures taken before cyclone ‘FANI’ makes landfall, in Puri. (Image: PTI)

Villagers are seen inside a shelter house following evacuations as part of emergency measures taken before cyclone ‘FANI’ makes landfall, in Puri. (Image: PTI)

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 Villagers of Chandrabhaga fishing village take shelter at a government-run school building after they were evacuated by the authorities in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

Villagers of Chandrabhaga fishing village take shelter at a government-run school building after they were evacuated by the authorities in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

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 At least 19 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to be affected by the

At least 19 districts of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are likely to be affected by the "extremely severe" cyclonic storm" Fani. The state government has started the evacuation process and plans to shift 8 lakh people. (Image: Puri Admin)

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 Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri. (Image: PTI)

Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri. (Image: PTI)

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 Office goers wait for a ferry to travel across a river during rainfall, in Kolkata. As Cyclone Fani moved closer, the West Bengal government sounded an alert in coastal East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas districts, asking tourists to leave seaside destinations and directing fishermen not to venture into the sea. (Image: PTI)

Office goers wait for a ferry to travel across a river during rainfall, in Kolkata. As Cyclone Fani moved closer, the West Bengal government sounded an alert in coastal East Midnapore and South 24 Parganas districts, asking tourists to leave seaside destinations and directing fishermen not to venture into the sea. (Image: PTI)

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 Stranded passengers at a railway station after train services were disrupted due to cyclone 'Fani', in Kolkata. (Image: PTI)

Stranded passengers at a railway station after train services were disrupted due to cyclone 'Fani', in Kolkata. (Image: PTI)

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 Fishermen attempt to bring their boat ashore amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri. (Image: AP)

Fishermen attempt to bring their boat ashore amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 A destroyed fuel filling station by cyclone Fani after its landfall is seen on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha. (Image: AP)

A destroyed fuel filling station by cyclone Fani after its landfall is seen on the outskirts of Puri, in Odisha. (Image: AP)

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 A tree is uprooted in gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar. (Image: PTI)

A tree is uprooted in gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar. (Image: PTI)

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 An abandoned house and trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani in Puri. (Image: AP)

An abandoned house and trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 Relief operation by the National Disaster Response Force NDRF is underway in Kotturu Mandal of Srikakulam.

Relief operation by the National Disaster Response Force NDRF is underway in Kotturu Mandal of Srikakulam.

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 Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in the Indian state of Odisha. (Image: AP)

Street shops are seen collapsed due to gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani on the outskirts of Puri, in the Indian state of Odisha. (Image: AP)

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 Fishermen drag a boat to the bank of River Hooghly at Santipur following an alert by authorities after Cyclone Fani made its landfall in Odisha, in Nadia district of West Bengal. (Image: PTI)

Fishermen drag a boat to the bank of River Hooghly at Santipur following an alert by authorities after Cyclone Fani made its landfall in Odisha, in Nadia district of West Bengal. (Image: PTI)

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 Trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar. (Image: PTI)

Trees bend with gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, in Bhubaneswar. (Image: PTI)

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 A motorcyclist braves gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani in Puri. (Image: AP)

A motorcyclist braves gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers move to safer places amidst gusty winds in Puri. (Image: AP)

Villagers move to safer places amidst gusty winds in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 Cyclone Fani is moving at a wind speed of 175 kmph in Puri and the diameter of the eye of the storm is 25-30 km.

Cyclone Fani is moving at a wind speed of 175 kmph in Puri and the diameter of the eye of the storm is 25-30 km.

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 Stranded passengers rest inside a railway station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)

Stranded passengers rest inside a railway station after trains between Kolkata and Odisha were cancelled ahead of Cyclone Fani, in Kolkata. (Image: Reuters)

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 People take shelter during gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, at Bhubaneswar railway station. (Image: PTI)

People take shelter during gusty winds ahead of the landfall of cyclone Fani, at Bhubaneswar railway station. (Image: PTI)

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 A fisherman runs between the docked fishing boats amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

A fisherman runs between the docked fishing boats amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

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 Trash flows with a high tide towards the shore at a beach in Puri. (Image: AP)

Trash flows with a high tide towards the shore at a beach in Puri. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers at the beach as dark clouds hover above the sea ahead of cyclone 'Fani', in Puri on May 2, 2019. (Image: PTI)

Villagers at the beach as dark clouds hover above the sea ahead of cyclone 'Fani', in Puri on May 2, 2019. (Image: PTI)

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 Dark clouds loom over locals standing at a beach in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

Dark clouds loom over locals standing at a beach in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

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 Fishermen attempt to bring their boat ashore amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

Fishermen attempt to bring their boat ashore amid strong winds at Chandrabhaga beach in Puri district of eastern Odisha state. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri. (Image: PTI)

Villagers living in vulnerable low-lying areas being shifted to cyclone shelter house, in Puri. (Image: PTI)

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 Puri administration arranged special buses to Kolkata for tourists. (Image: Puri Admin)

Puri administration arranged special buses to Kolkata for tourists. (Image: Puri Admin)

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 Puri administration arranged special buses to Kolkata for tourists. (Image: Puri Admin)

Puri administration arranged special buses to Kolkata for tourists. (Image: Puri Admin)

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 Puri administration arranged special buses to Kolkata for tourists. (Image: Puri Admin)

Puri administration arranged special buses to Kolkata for tourists. (Image: Puri Admin)

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