The Tropical Cyclone Fani which has thrown life out of gear in the coastal areas of India with its high impact on the Bay of Bengal has crossed Bangladesh coast near Chittagong. Gusty wind with speed 40-50 km per hour is expected at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.
As per the skymetweather.com, moderate to heavy rains is predicted over states of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Heavy to very heavy rains with extremely heavy showers are also likely over the states of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya. Heavy rainfall to lash Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya on May 4th, 2019.
The rainfall activities over the Northeast region would get intensified on May 4th and 5th, 2019, resulting in heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Assam-Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
The cyclone intensified into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ on April 30th, 2019 evening and could take the shape of an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by May 2nd, 2019, the India Meteorological Department said. The defence forces are on high alert ahead of cyclone Fani. The Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and personnel of National Disaster Response Force and fire service have been deployed in vulnerable areas to help the administration in evacuations.
A day after extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ pummelled the entire coastline of Odisha causing extensive damages in several districts after making landfall near Puri, relief and restoration process to bring back life to normalcy has been undertaken on a war footing.
According to sources, relief works and restoration of electricity, water supply, roadways and telecommunication infrastructure in cyclone affected areas of Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur and Balasore districts which sustained maximum damage are being directly undertaken by officials of concerned departments and NDRF, ODRAF and Fire Services personnel.
NDRF DG Satyanarayan Pradhan informed that it is likely to take two to three days before situation is normalised. To expedite the restoration process, high tech equipments are also being roped in from nearby Andhra Pradesh.
As the cyclone knocked out power, more than 30 lakh electricity consumers have plunged into darkness in almost all cyclone-affected areas. Briefing about the situation, Odisha Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma said, “Power distribution infrastructure has entirely collapsed in the cyclone. As many as 10,000 poles have been damaged in Bhubaneswar alone.”
On restoration work, Sharma said “Restoration works to bring normalcy has been undertaken on a war footing. Electricity supply will resume in Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj today while some parts of the State capital will also be provided with power supply today.”