New Delhi: After wreaking havoc in Odisha, Cylone Fani, one of the strongest storms hit West Bengal post midnight on Saturday. “The severe cyclonic storm Fani entered Bengal at 12.30 AM 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, said. Also Read - Class 12 Student From West Bengal Develops Unique Mask, Claims It Can Kill Coronavirus
The storm is now lying close to Arambagh in Hooghly district, and is 40 km west of Kolkata. No loss of life or any injury has been reported so far. Cyclone Fani: AIIMS PG Exams Scheduled in Bhubaneswar For May 5 Cancelled Also Read - 1.48 Crore Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles Born at Odisha's Gahirmatha Beach, Take Their First Steps | Watch
Following the warning issued by IMD, the administration has switched off electricity to prevent any accident as the storm passed through a particular point in the state. Besides, the Netaji Subhas Chandra Airport in Kolkata, that handles is likely to remain closed for flight operations on Saturday. ‘Sound And Fury’: This is How Cyclone Fani Makes Landfall in Odisha’s Puri – Watch Video Also Read - West Bengal: 43 TMC Leaders Sworn-in As Ministers In Mamata Banerjee's Cabinet | Full List
(A view of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBI) in the wake of cyclone Fani)
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- “Spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Ji and discussed situation prevailing due to Cyclone Fani. Assured continuous support from Central Government in the wake of the cyclone. Entire nation stands in solidarity with all those affected by cyclone in different parts,” tweeted PM Modi.
- Have cancelled my rallies for the next 48 hours because of what could be an impending disaster #CyclonicStormFANI We are monitoring the situation 24×7 and doing all it takes. I appeal to all people to cooperate. Be alert, take care and stay safe for the next two days, tweeted West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
- “It is likely to continue further in north, north east direction, and reach the east Burdwan-Hooghly border, and through Nadia go to Bangladesh on Saturday afternoon, weakening into a cyclonic storm, after having triggered rains,” Bandyopadhyay added.
Eight Killed in Odisha
Earlier on Friday, eight people were killed and several were injured after Cylone Fani made landfall on eastern coast of Odisha. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Bhubaneswar reported extensive damage hours after the cyclone made its landfall. The institute also cancelled a post graduate examination scheduled to be held on May 5.
Equipment at Bhubaneswar airport were also destroyed. However, flight operations, which were suspended in Biju Patnaik Airport may resume after 12 PM today.
Centre’s Rs 1,000 crore Advance Aid For Fani Affected States
Meanwhile, the Centre has released over Rs 1,000 crore in advance for the states affected by Cyclone Fani. While addressing an election rally in Hindaun in Rajasthan, PM Modi said the government was with the people in times of crises.
“Lakhs of families are affected by a cyclone in the coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and the Centre is in touch with the state governments. I got the latest update from officers some time ago and also held a detailed review meeting yesterday. More than Rs 1,000 crore have been released in advance,” he added.