Cyclone Fani: Home Ministry announces advance financial assistance of Rs 1,086 crore

Cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani

Severe cyclonic storm "Fani", which reached southeast and the southwest Bay of Bengal on Monday evening, is likely to intensify further into "extremely severe" cyclonic storm in the next 36 hours, says the India Meteorological Department.

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "FANI" over Bay of Bengal lay centred about 800 km south of Puri at 11.30 am today. "As the cyclone storm Fani intensifies into a severe cyclonic storm over SE & adjoining SW Bay of Bengal & lie about 770 km ESE of Chennai at 1730 h/ 29 April, the Eastern Naval CD (ENC) has assumed high degree of readiness 2 render necessary humanitarian assistance", the Indian Navy said in a statement. "Located around 760 km off Machilipatnam it is moving Northwestwards till May 1, thereafter it will recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha coast", he said.

Wind speed will be 70-80 kmph over the deep sea areas to the South, Southeast, East and Northeast of Sri Lanka and can be very rough to high at times as the wind speed can increase up to 100 kmph at times.

North Andhra Pradesh: Light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram Districts) on May 2 and rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places the next day. All these districts have been put on high alert due to heavy rainfall and gusty winds of 40 to 60 kmph, which may lead to cyclone and flood in many parts of the state.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday announced an advance release of financial assistance for cyclone Fani of Rs 1,086 crore for the states affected by it.

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Bhubaneswar: Twenty units of state and 12 units of Central disaster response forces were alerted as "very severe cyclone storm" "Fani" is expected to reach Odisha coast on Friday, the state government said on Tuesday.

The NCMC met here under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and took stock of the situation.

This amount will be given to the respective State Disaster Response Funds to undertake preventive and relief measures. However, the possibility of landfall in Odisha is under continuous watch.

"As per the latest IMD bulletin, During cyclone Fani landfall, the storm surge of about 1.5 meter height above astronomical tide is very likely to inundate low lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur'; Orange warning issued for 6 districts for May 2, Red alert for 17 districts for May 3-4".

The IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned.

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