New Delhi: The Met department has issued a warning for Odisha coast regarding cyclone Fani. It said that Cyclone Fani had intensified into severe and was lying 700 km east southeast of Chennai.

It is very likely to intensify into extremely severe in another day or so, said the department. Till May 1, it would move northwestwards and thereafter, recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha Coast, said the department on its Twitter handle.

“There is less probability of its impact, if any, on Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Alert is, however, given for Odisha coast. Its landfall is not clearly seen up to May 4 early morning,” a leading daily quoted Met dept DG K J Ramesh as saying.

Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has assumed “high degree of readiness” to provide all necessary assistance. It has stationed its ships with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief materials in sufficient quantities.

Naval aircraft are also standing by at Naval Air Stations INS Rajali at Arakkonam, Tamilnadu and INS Dega at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief material to the stranded if required.

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), headed by the Cabinet Secretary, has also taken stock of the situation and put the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Coast Guard on “high alert”.

Chief secretaries or principal secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal also attended the meeting through
video conference.

“The state governments have adequately warned fishermen not to venture into the sea and highlighted that there is a seasonal ban on fishing in the sea up to June 14 due to breeding season. State governments were advised to effectively enforce this ban,” said a government statement.