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Envoyé : samedi 4 mai 2019 07:30
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Objet : RSOE EDIS – Situation Update : No.1 – Tropical Storm : [States of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh] MultiStates, India, Asia
Importance : Haute
RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, Budapest, Hungary
May 4th 2019 05:27 AM – Tropical Storm – TC-20190504-67745-IND
Eight people died as cyclone Fani – which means the hood of a snake – battered Odisha on Friday morning, uprooting trees and electricity poles, blowing away thatched roof houses and sending power supply for a toss. Among those killed was a teenage boy who died after a tree collapsed on him in Puri. Flying debris from a concrete structure left a woman dead in Nayagarh. Tens of millions of people are potentially in the cyclone’s path, which is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. Several hours after it made landfall, the cyclone was downgraded to a "very severe" storm from an "extremely severe" storm. Large tracts in the temple town of Puri and other places were swamped as heavy rain pulverized the coast. In Bhubaneswar, everyone was indoors. Nobody was visible on the road, nothing was moving on the road. The state government has evacuated over 11 lakh people, including at least 600 pregnant women, to camps on higher reaches, media reports said. It just went dark and then suddenly we could barely see five meters in front of us," said a Puri resident. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is closely monitoring the situation. A video of a crane at an under-construction sky-scrapper has gone viral on social media. The crane couldn’t withstand the gusty wind of up to over 200 km/hour as it collapsed on houses in the vicinity. It is not known yet if there were any occupants in the houses. In another video, the roof of a building at AIIMS Bhubaneswar was ripped off. The storm – the strongest cyclone in 20 years – is weakening gradually and moving towards West Bengal with winds reaching speeds of up to 175 km per hour; this could ratchet up to 200 kmph and trains have been chained to the tracks in Kolkata’s Howrah station. "I assure the affected people that the nation and the Centre are with them," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally in Rajasthan. He said over Rs. 1,000 cr had been released in advance for the states in the cyclone’s path. All flights from Bhubanes-war have been canceled from midnight; Kolkata airport will be shut till 8 am on Saturday. More than 200 flights from Kolkata are likely to be canceled. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has canceled her election rallies for 48 hours. PM Modi’s election rally in Jharkhand, which was scheduled for May 5, has been postponed to May 6. BJP chief Amit Shah’s and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rallies in Jharkhand on Friday too were cancelled. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and disaster management agencies are on stand-by. Indian Navy’s long reconnaissance aircraft, P8I, and short range coastal reconnaissance aircraft, Dornier, will be launched for aerial surveys to assess the extent of impact and devastation.
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