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PM Modi reviews preparedness for cyclone ‘Fani’

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Puri: Red flags and ropes being placed at the banks of the Puri beach as precautionary measures to keep tourists away from the beach in the wake of severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' in Odisha's Puri on May 2, 2019. The cyclonic storm is likely to hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali on May 3 evening. According to the India Meteorological Department, cyclone Fani, which has turned into an
Red flags and ropes being placed at the banks of the Puri beach as precautionary measures to keep tourists away from the beach in the wake of severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' in Odisha's Puri

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the preparedness for cyclone ‘Fani’ and instructed Central government officials to maintain close coordination with officials of the affected states to ensure preventive measures, a government statement said…reports Asian Lite News

Puri: Red flags and ropes being placed at the banks of the Puri beach as precautionary measures to keep tourists away from the beach in the wake of severe cyclonic storm 'Fani' in Odisha's Puri on May 2, 2019. The cyclonic storm is likely to hit Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali on May 3 evening. According to the India Meteorological Department, cyclone Fani, which has turned into an "extreme severe cyclonic" storm, is located around 225 kms south-southeast of Visakhapatnam and around 430 kms south-southwest of Puri. (Photo: IANS) by .
Red flags and ropes being placed at the banks of the Puri beach as precautionary measures to keep tourists away from the beach in the wake of severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ in Odisha’s Puri

Chairing a high-level meeting, Modi also asked the concerned officers to take effective steps for relief and rescue operations, as required.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha, Principal Secretary to the PM Nripendra Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the PM Pramod Kumar Mishra, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the likely path of the cyclone, and the ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken, said the statement.

“These include provision of adequate resources; deployment of teams from NDRF and the Armed Forces; arrangements to provide drinking water; and standby systems to restore power and telecom services.”

Cyclone ‘Fani’ is expected to make landfall on the Odisha coast between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Friday, an officer said.

Speeding over west-central Bay of Bengal, ‘Fani’ moved north-northeastwards at about 16 kmph in last six hours and lay centred about 360 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 190 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 550 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal).

It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and cross the Odisha Coast around Puri, between Gopalpur and Chandbali, by Friday afternoon with a maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph, the IMD said.

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