HAI has launched its preliminary appeal on Cyclone Fani which has devastated 11 coastal districts of Odisha, India.
A low-pressure area was formed over east equatorial Indian Ocean (EIO) and adjoining southeast of Bay of Bengal (BoB) on 25.04.2019 intensifying into a Severe Cyclonic Storm over southeast & adjoining southwest BoB. It further intensified into Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ over west central & adjoining southwest of Bay of Bengal on 01.05.2019 hitting one of the poorest coastal states of India – Odisha.
The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ made landfall on the Odisha Coast south of Puri on 3 May, 2019 and the eye of the system was completely moved into land by 1000 hrs at the wind speed of 175-185, gusting up to 205 kmph. Efforts made/ Resources mobilized by State Government of Odisha along with NGOs and other agencies have successfully evacuated more than One million people to safer places in a record time to save their life. However, the strong wind of more than 200 km /hr has caused extensive damage to the infrastructure and people’s assets, such as water supply, electricity and the weak houses of the poor rural and urban communities.
The lifeline of the state including the state capital is still under darkness with electricity, Internet and communication line cut off completely.
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