Bhubaneswar: The Meteorological Department has issued a red warning to 17 districts of Odisha for May 3 and 4 in view of cyclone Fani. These districts are Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Balasore, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj.
In all, 25 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in areas likely to be hit by Fani. Ten teams from other states and 15 from Mundali and Cuttack have dispersed to various locations.
NDRF Director General Satya N Pradhan has urged people to stay calm. Meanwhile, he also spoke about the preparedness so as to instil some confidence in the people:
Meanwhile, South Eastern Railway would be plying two more special trains from Puri at 3 PM & 6 PM for Howrah. Its stoppages would be Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendujhar road, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur.
Airport Authority of India has also issued an alert to all coastal airports to ensured that all precautions and SOPs are put in place immediately, in the view of the cyclonic storm.