Guwahati/Odisha : As many as 38 religious pilgrims from Assam are struck in Odisha due to the impending threat lurking from cyclone Fani. The tourists are staying at Assam House in Odisha. As per reports, the tourists have been asked to vacate the Assam House on May 2nd, 2019 by 12 pm.
The Odisha Government advised tourists to leave the seaside pilgrim town of Puri in view of the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ moving closer to Odisha coast. The authorities in Odisha has requested for additional teams and helicopters to assist them in evacuating people who will be affected. Cyclone Fani may hit Odisha at 205 km/hr.
Cyclone Fani, India’s strongest summertime cyclone in the last 43 years, is likely to hit the Odisha coast by Friday afternoon and also affect West Bengal and the Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The Election Commission of India relaxed the Model Code of Conduct in 11 districts of Odisha to facilitate relief and rescue operations.
While reports are coming in from the MET department that the severe storm is taking recourse towards the Northeast and might hit the shores of Odisha on May 3. Seeing the impending danger, the state governments have already alerted the fishermen to keep off the shores as well as kept all security forces to be ready as a backup plan for any impending incident.