New Delhi: As cyclone Fani made landfall in eastern-coastal Odisha on Friday morning and is currently on a wrecking spree in several districts while on its way to West Bengal, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra took to Twitter to express his surprise and fear over Fani.
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He tweeted: “Everything is flying in Air ..have literally turned deaf because of wind sound ..All window panes broken ..difficult indeed ..if this is my condition in a concrete building ..I pray for the lives of millions.”
Patra also posted a video, showing the rampaging cyclonic winds gushing through the city.
The cyclone started crossing into the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday. Cyclone Fani has completely thrown normal life out of gear with heavy to very heavy rains lashing the coastal districts since Thursday night.
The road network in several districts suffered extensive damage. The power distribution network has also been severely affected. Asbestos sheets of temporary housing facilities have been ripped off.
Nearly 11 lakh people have been evacuated from the vulnerable areas to safer places in last 24 hours in Odisha. Ganjam and Puri districts have evacuated more than 3 lakh and 1.3 lakh people, respectively.
The state government has advised people not to step out of their houses.
As a precautionary measure, all shops, business establishments, private and government offices will remain closed in 11 coastal districts.
Flight operations were suspended in Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik Airport from Friday midnight.
With IANS inputs